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Saints’ Zach Line announces retirement from NFL

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On Wednesday, New Orleans Saints fullback Zach Line took to Instagram to announce his retirement from the NFL.

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As I look back on the last seven seasons in the NFL I cannot help but to feel extremely proud. I have never bragged about my accomplishments, but knowing the odds and ignoring them, and choosing to instead believe in myself, my faith, and the support of my loving wife and family is something I am proud of. The decision to retire is NOT easy, which is true for most competitors. This decision is something I have prayed about and communicated with those that I love. The game of football will never leave me and I hope to share and teach the positive experiences I had along the way in the future. A HUGE thank you to all of my brothers, coaches and staff along the way, I love you guys. A HUGE thank you to the team that gave me my first shot @vikings and to the team that made football fun again @saints . Another HUGE thank you to the WHODAT Nation, there is nothing like it, my family loves you. The game is temporary, but in this business brotherhood and alliances are forever. A special thank you to @mckenzieline none of this was possible without you and I love you.

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Line spent seven seasons in the NFL. In that time, he spent his first four years with the Minnesota Vikings, and his last three with the Saints.

In that time, Line never really filled up the box score. Then again, he’s a fullback. You should not expect the numbers to be all that great. His value went far past the box score though.

Line finished his career with 36 carries for 114 yards and two touchdowns. 22 of his carries resulted in first downs though.

Line also had 20 receptions for 161 yards and four more touchdowns. Eight of his receptions resulted in first downs.

The fullback also had eight tackles and a surprising two forced fumbles. He returned four kicks for 59 yards as well.

Something else that should be noted are the teams that Line was on. Although he never won a Super Bowl, his team was almost always a winning team.

In fact, 2013 and 2014 were the only times Line played on a team under .500. Both were with the Vikings and were his first two years in his career. More notably though, he only appeared in four games combined between those two years.

In his next two seasons with the Vikings, Line appeared in 16 and 15 games respectively. Minnesota went 11-5 and 8-8 in those two years.

In his three years with the Saints, New Orleans went 11-5, 13-3 and 13-3.

You could make an argument that fullback is not nearly the most important position on the field. However, it’s hard to deny that Line was a winner in the NFL. It is no coincidence that the teams he was on tended to win games.

Congrats to him on a great career, and here’s hoping he finds success in whatever he does next.