February 7, 2012

Roaf to Pro Football Hall of Fame

One of the greatest draft picks in franchise history, offensive tackle Willie Roaf has been named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a ceremony the weekend of the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

Roaf, who was chosen in his second year of eligibility, will be officially enshrined in August before the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

Roaf, the eighth overall pick by the Saints out of Louisiana Tech in 1993, played nine seasons in New Orleans and four in Kansas City. He was named to the 1990s NFL All-Decade team, and is a member of the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame.

Roaf joins LB Rickey Jackson, inducted in August 2010, as the only players who have earned their way into the Hall of Fame based on the merits of a career mostly spent with the Saints.

Another enshrinee this year is longtime Seahawk DT Cortez Kennedy, a friend of the Saints organization and an advising consultant to Saints GM Mickey Loomis.

Head coach Bill Parcells, mentor to Saints coach Sean Payton, was not selected to the Hall of Fame this season, though he is regarded as a lock to eventually be a member of the Hall of Fame.

New Orleans native and Southern University alum Aeneas Williams, a long-time member of the Cardinals and Rams franchises, also did not make the final cut.

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