The first thing that Zach Strief said at his press conference today was, “I’m retiring.” And with that, a 12-year career as one of the best in the game ended.

During his press conference, Strief was emotional when talking about his now-former head coach Sean Payton. When talking about future Hall of Fame quarterback, Strief had trouble getting through his prepared speech.

The Super Bowl Champion was the Saints seventh-round pick in the 2006 NFL draft.