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.