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Educating Willie
Gary Smith
December 27, 1993
Willie Roaf's mother wanted him to be a star student, but instead he became a star athlete.
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December 27, 1993

Educating Willie

Willie Roaf's mother wanted him to be a star student, but instead he became a star athlete.

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She shakes her head and runs her finger over the picture of the 6'5", 305-pound millionaire who seems destined to become one of the greatest offensive tackles in the history of the National Football League.

Yes. this is a sad tale.

Best young tackle I've seen come into the league in my 31 years.
—CHUCK KNOX
Coach, Los Angeles Rams

Every parent's nightmare.

The best I've ever been around. He could be the best tackle ever.
—PAUL BOUDREAU
Assistant coach, Now Orleans Saints

A mother's cross to bear.

I really believe he will be a 10-time Pro Bowler.
—ERIC CURRY
Defensive end, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Read on, if you can bear it.

Son, you better be glad I'm not God, because I would wave a wand over you, and football would be history. You would be a nuclear physicist instead.
—ANDREE ROAF
Willie Roaf's mother

It could happen to you.

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