2011 Hall of Fame Class: Saints Willie Roaf Excluded From Final Seven

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Last year no one questioned that wide receiver Jerry Rice would make the hall or that running back Emmit Smith would as well, much the same this year when it was announced Sanders and Faulk were up for consideration.

It seems for a “non-skill” player like Roaf, who doesn’t have the gaudy touchdown numbers or reception and yardage totals, that the deck is already stacked against him when going up against a reveiver, running back or corner back that does.

There were other snubs besides Roaf, and to just name a few, wide receiver Chis Carter, running back Jerome Bettis, running back Curtis Martin and defensive end Charles Haley all failed to get into the Hall of Fame.

Carter has been especially vocal about his disdain for not being selected as a first-ballot Hall of Famer three years ago and his latest rejection is sure to be one that will have him out for “blood” so to speak.

But there is always next year for Roaf, Carter and the others assuming that their sparkling resumes and statiscal performances are enough to get them through the iron fist that is the selection committee.

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