Feb. 4, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Former Louisiana Tech offensive lineman Willie Roaf has been named to the 2012 enshrinement class into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Roaf will be the third Louisiana Tech product to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with Terry Bradshaw (Class of 1981) and Fred Dean (Class of 2008).
Louisiana Tech now has as many inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as LSU and as many as all of the other teams in the Western Athletic Conference combined. With Grambling State's four players already enshrined, Lincoln Parish is now responsible for seven of Louisiana's 13 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees.
Roaf played for the New Orleans Saints from 1993-2001 and then for the Kansas City Chiefs form 2002-05. He was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team for both the 1990s and 2000s.
A first round pick (eighth pick overall) by the Saints in the 1993 draft, Roaf earned All-Rookie honors after playing in all 16 games his first year in the league. Roaf went on to be voted to 11 Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro, All-NFC and the NFLPA's NFC Offensive Lineman of the Year in his second and third seasons consecutively. He started in the franchise's first-ever postseason win, a 31-28 victory over defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams in the 2000 NFC Wild Card Game.
A knee injury shortened his 2001 season to just seven games and Roaf was subsequently traded to the Chiefs in exchange for a third-round draft pick. He rebounded from that injury to regain form and earned All-Pro honors in three of his four seasons in Kansas City.
Roaf is considered to be among the greatest offensive linemen to ever play at Louisiana Tech. The Pine Bluff, Ark. native was a two-time all-South Independent Conference selection as well as a two-time all-Louisiana. In 1992, Roaf earned all-American honors. A team captain in 1992, Roaf blocked for a strong rushing attack that went to the 1990 Independence Bowl and finished with an 8-3-1 record. Known for his blocking ability, and for his considerable speed for his size, he was a finalist in his senior year for the Outland Trophy for the best offensive lineman in college.
The 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
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