NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Willie Roaf
Text: Gabriel Baumgaertner
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Willie Roaf


Lauded as one of the greatest left tackles of his era, Willie "Nasty" Roaf was a dominant left tackle for New Orleans and Kansas City over 13 NFL seasons. An 11-time Pro Bowl selection and six-time first-team All-Pro, Roaf was selected eighth overall by the Saints out of Louisiana Tech in the 1993 NFL Draft. A masterful run and pass blocker, Roaf was lauded for his balanced skill set and work ethic. In nine seasons with the Saints, Roaf was named to seven Pro Bowls, was named the 1994 and 1995 NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year, and helped pave the way for Ricky Williams' first 1000-yard season in 2000, the same season the Saints won their first playoff game in franchise history. Roaf was often considered to be the best player in Saints history, but Roaf recently admitted that Drew Brees has earned that distinction. When Roaf moved to the Chiefs in 2002, he was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his four seasons in Kansas City. A part of one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, Roaf helped running back Priest Holmes lead the NFL in touchdowns in both 2002 and 2003 and Larry Johnson earn a Pro Bowl berth in 2005. Roaf was one of three players named NFL All-Decade team in the 1990s and 2000s.

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