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Former Saints Star Willie Roaf Headed to College Football HOF


Aug 4, 2012; Canton, OH, USA; Willie Roaf poses with his bust at the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like former New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Willie Roaf is headed to the College Football Hall of Fame.  He is being honored for his phenomenal play on the offensive line at Louisiana Tech.  He played there from 1990-1992 earning himself a spot on the Consensus All-American team his last year as a Bulldog.

Roaf played in New Orleans from 1993-2001, before finishing his career with the Kansas City Chiefs.  Nicknamed “Nasty,” he is arguably the best Saints’ offensive lineman of all time and one of the greatest to ever play his position in the NFL.  During his time in the Big Easy, he played in 131 of 144 games, proving himself reliable protection for the quarterback throughout his career in the Who Dat Nation.

Roaf was selected by New Orleans with the No. 8 overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft.  The 6-foot-5 monster of a blocker was a six-time First-team All-Pro (three with Saints) and an eleven-time Pro Bowl selection (seven with Saints).  He was named to both the 1990s and 2000s NFL All-Decade teams.  In 2012, The New Orleans Saints Hall of Famer became the second and only other player (Rickey Jackson, 2010) from the team to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

This is just another one of many honors for Willie Roaf; he was introduced into the Saints Ring of Honor last season.  He was a tremendous player, both on and off the field.  After being named to the 2014 class of inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame, Roaf may need to buy a bigger trophy case.