In 1993 Willie Roaf’s name was called by the New Orleans Saints to be the eighth pick in the first round of the NFL draft. Now he’ll get his turn as it was announced that Roaf will be announcing the New Orleans Saints 2011 second round pick.
Roaf played his college football at Louisiana Tech, before coming to the Saints organization. Roaf spent his first nine seasons (1993-2001) in the NFL with the Saints. He became a starter at offensive tackle his rookie season and never looked back. In his second season, Roaf was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first of 7 consecutive times with the Saints.
In 2002, Roaf went to the Kansas City Chiefs and was selected to the Pro Bowl in all four of his seasons (2002-2005) with the Chiefs before he retired.
Roaf’s 13 seasons in the NFL and 11 Pro Bowl selections are what helped him become one of the 2011 Hall of Fame finalists. Roaf is almost assured to be the next New Orleans Saints player to appear in the NFL Hall of Fame. I personally look forward to the day he makes it into that elite club of football players.
Roaf was an amazingly talented player that performed at a high level week after week. Roaf had the size and strength to stop defensive lineman in their tracks, but the quickness and agility to frustrate linebackers and defensive backs. Willie Roaf was truly one of the greatest football players to ever put on the Black and Gold.
When he announces the Saints 24th pick in the second round next friday, hopefully it will be a player just as amazing as he was as a Saint. WHO DAT! GEAUX SAINTS!