November 28, 2010

Roaf a Hall of Fame Semifinalist

Saints offensive tackle Willie Roaf is one of 26 semifinalists announced today by the NFL for induction into the Hall of Fame.

The list of 26 will be pared down to 15, then those will be voted upon and the names announced during Super Bowl week.

Roaf would join Rickey Jackson, inducted this past August, as the only players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame based on the merits of a career mostly spent with the Saints organization.

Roaf was the eighth overall pick in the draft by the Saints in 1993 and started for the team for nine seasons. 

The Pine Bluff, Arkansas native and former Louisiana Tech graduate would join fellow Bulldog alums Terry Bradshaw and Fred Dean in the Hall.

The new Hall of Fame class of 2011 will be voted upon the day before Super Bowl XLV, February 5, 2011.

During the 2001 season, Roaf missed the final nine games with a knee injury. The Saints traded Roaf to the Chiefs in 2001, receiving a fourth round pick in the 2003 draft which was upgraded to a third round pick based on Roaf's playing time.

The Saints would use that third round pick as part of the trade package for Patriots safety Tebucky Jones.

The Chiefs signed Roaf to a new six year contact despite his ongoing knee rehab. Roaf started four years and 58 more games in Kansas City, cementing his resume for the Hall of Fame.  He retired after the 2005 season at the age of 35.

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