Milford’s Strief lays it on the line for NFL’s Saints

Zach Strief is the fourth Clermont County high school graduate to play professional football in the National Football League (NFL).

He joins 1975 New Richmond graduate Dwayne Woodruff (head coach Ron Bird) who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, 1981 Milford graduate Napoleon McCallum (head coach George Carl) who played for the Oakland Raiders, and 1999 Milford graduate Rick Razzano (head coach Bob Smith) who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Woodruff graduated from the University of Louisville, McCallum graduated from the United States Naval Academy, and Razzano graduated from the University of Mississippi.

Strief, the son of Douglas and Cathy Strief, graduated from Milford High School in 2001 and Northwestern University in 2005. At Northwestern he received his degree in Communication Studies and Sociology.

By far he is the physically largest Clermont County high school grad to play in the NFL. There have been other Clermont countians who played in the NFL, but graduated from high schools outside the county’s borders.

One Clermont County resident, Ed Biles, whose family lived in Amelia, was a coach for the Houston Oilers and the New Orleans Saints.