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Zach Strief, Tim Lelito coached Truce for the Troops Bowl

The event raised over 200 thousand dollars for the families of the four national guardsmen who lost their lives in the plane crash


New Orleans Saints Saints guard/center Tim Lelito and tackle Zach Strief helped a worthy cause and served as coaches for the Louisiana Legislature's second annual Truce for the Troops Bowl — which pits Democrats against Republicans in a game of flag football — on Sunday at Tiger Stadium.

This year's event, hosted by the House Special Committee on Military and Veteran Affairs, raised more than $20,000 for the families of the four Louisiana National Guardsmen who recently died in a helicopter crash. Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Wayne Griffin Jr., 37; Chief Warrant Officer 4 George David Strother, 44; Staff Sgt. Lance Bergeron, 40; and Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich, 26, were killed March 10 when their UH-60 Black Hawk crashed near Pensacola, Fla., during a training exercise.

Strief, a nine-year veteran and offensive team captain for New Orleans, coached the Democrats, while Lelito in his second season and competing for the starting left guard spot, coached the Republicans.

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