September 14, 2010

Roaf to Hall of Fame?

Former Saints left tackle Willie Roaf was named on the list of candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2011.  Should Roaf be selected, he would be only the second person in NFL history to make the Hall of Fame based primarily on his contributions as a Saint, joining LB Rickey Jackson.

Jackson, entered in to the Hall last month, waited through years of eligibility before voters sent him to Canton.  Roaf's first year of eligibility, five years after his retirement, would be 2011.

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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