Top 30 players in New Orleans Saints’ history
Offensive linemen are often overlooked in terms of who is the best of the best. A lot of stats that offensive linemen pride themselves on are starts and years played. One of the key things that play into where they fit into history is durability.
Strief entered into the NFL via the draft from the New Orleans Saints in 2006. The same year that head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees joined the beloved Saints. Right off the bat, Strief was tasked with protecting a future Hall-of-Famer.
Out of 158 games played in, Strief started 94 of those games. There is not a lot of offensive linemen that pull off that durability for that long. He is also one of the few offensive linemen that have played that long at that high of a level that was never selected to a Pro Bowl.
Strief never even hinted at a second-team All-Pro selection. Because of that, Strief has gone down as one of the most under-appreciated linemen, not just for the New Orleans Saints, but in the entire NFL.