Former Saint Roaf enshrined in the Hall of Fame

Matt Mendelson
Former NFL Saint Willie Roaf with his father, Clifton, to his left

Former Saints Tackle Willie Roaf was recently enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Fawcett Stadium.

The entire Saints team was in attendance to support Roaf who was presented by his father,  Clifton.

The Pine Bluff, Ark. native was selected eighth overall by the Saints in the 1993 NFL Draft after playing in college at Louisiana Tech, the only school that offered him a scholarship. Roaf was a key part of the 2000 team that recorded the Saints first ever postseason victory in the 2000 NFC Wild Card Game. He suffered a knee injury in 2001 before being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Roaf played thirteen seasons, nine with the Saints and four with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was named to the NFL All-Decade team for the 1990s and the 2000s and was selected to 11 Pro Bowls, tied with Anthony Munoz for the most ever at his position.

“As an offensive lineman, I didn’t get signaled out in front of a large group of people very often,” said Roaf. “When I did, it was usually a referee signaling holding on No. 77.”

Roaf first acknowledged the honor he was being presented with before thanking his father and his mother who passed away in 2009.

Roaf also thanked his aunts, uncle and his children before thanking the Hall of Fame selection committee.

Roaf appreciated most the intense battles he had with some of the game’s greats saying that he loved going out and competing with the best.

Roaf joins a 2012 class of six and a group of 273 members that have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame in history. He was very appreciative of the honor and finished with words for his mother.

“To my fellow Hall of Famers, I promise you I will always be a Hall of Fame teammate that you can be proud of. Thank you for welcoming me to this new team,” said Roaf. “Finally, to my mother, I did not become a doctor, lawyer or a brain surgeon, but I did become a Hall of Fame football player, and I know you are proud of me. That is what matters to me most.”?