The 2017 regular season for the New Orleans Saints begins on Sept. 11, just 64 days from now, with a Monday night matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Canal Street Chronicles continues our walk back through history, as we look at some of the Saints players that have worn the number 64.
Dave LaFary (T/G, 1977-1985)
LaFary joined the Saints as a 5th round selection from Purdue in the 1977 draft. By his second season, he was the team's starter at right guard. New Orleans moved him to the left tackle position in 1979, and he was the Saints primary starter there through the 1982 and '83 seasons, and again in 1985, his final year in the league. LaFary appeared in 109 games through his nine-year career, including 58 starts. His offensive lines helped the Saints have one of the more explosive offenses in the league through the late 1970s, then transformed into an effective run blocking bunch for running back George Rogers in the early 1980s.
Kendyl Jacox (OG, 2002-2005)
Jacox came to New Orleans in 2002, after spending his first four seasons with the San Diego Chargers. He would start 55 games for the Saints over his four seasons with the team. His offensive lines helped running back Deuce McAllister rush for three straight seasons of over 1,000 yards from 2002-04.
Zach Strief (OT, 2006-current)
Little was expected from Strief when New Orleans drafted him in the 7th round from Northwestern in 2006. He shocked many by even making the team, then continuing to contribute in the ensuing seasons. Strief was a key reserve on an offensive line that helped the Saints to victory in Super Bowl XLIV. He finally got his chance to be a full-time starter at right tackle for New Orleans in 2011, a season where the Saints offense shattered multiple records. Strief will be entering his 12th season as a Saint in 2017, slowly winding down a career that very well could see him inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame someday.
Other Saints players to wear No. 64: Ray Hester (1971-73), Andy Maurer (1974), Ted Elliott (1987), Scott Adams (1994), Robert Newkirk (1999)
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