Willie Roaf

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Willie Roaf
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Roaf in February 2008
No. 77
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1970-04-18) April 18, 1970 (age 50)
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school:Pine Bluff (Pine Bluff, Arkansas)
College:Louisiana Tech
NFL Draft:1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:189
Games started:189
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

William Layton Roaf (born April 18, 1970), nicknamed "Nasty,"[1] is a former American football offensive tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons. He played college football for Louisiana Tech University, where he earned consensus All-American honors. He was a first-round pick in the 1993 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. An 11-time Pro Bowl selection and nine-time All-Pro, he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

Early years[edit]

Roaf was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.[2] He graduated from Pine Bluff High School,[3] where he played for the Pine Bluff Zebras high school football and basketball teams. He was lightly recruited out of high school, and even considered pursuing basketball instead of football in college.

Football career[edit]

Roaf received an athletic scholarship to attend Louisiana Tech University, where he had an outstanding career for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team from 1989 to 1992. Known for his blocking ability and his considerable speed for his size, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, and was also a finalist in his senior year for the Outland Trophy for the best offensive lineman in college.[4]

Professional career[edit]

He began his professional football career with the NFL's New Orleans Saints, who drafted him with the eighth pick of the first round in the 1993 draft.[5] The draft pick was acquired from the Detroit Lions for the rights to Pat Swilling.[6] Roaf played nine seasons for the Saints;[7] he was named to seven Pro Bowls, and won a spot on both the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team and the 2000s All-Decade Team, making him the most awarded player in Saints history.[4] Roaf suffered a season-ending injury in 2001 and then was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in March 2002 for a conditional draft choice. He played four more seasons with the Chiefs, and was selected for the Pro Bowl in each of those four years, for a total of 11 Pro Bowl selections.[4] His election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame was announced on February 4, 2012.

On July 28, 2006, Roaf told the Kansas City Star that he was retiring from football. General manager Carl Peterson said he was holding out hoping that Roaf would reverse his decision, but Roaf said he was "solid" on retirement.[8] In 2009 Roaf took his first coaching job, as the offensive line coach at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California.[9]

Roaf has been elected to sports halls of fame for Louisiana Tech Athletics (in 2003), Arkansas (in 2007),[10] Louisiana (in 2009),[4][11] Greater New Orleans (in 2012), and the New Orleans Saints (in 2008).[12] He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 4, 2012, in his second year of eligibility.[13] Roaf was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Roaf was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and attended Pine Bluff High School. His father was a dentist[4] and his mother, Andree Layton Roaf, was the first black woman to serve on the Arkansas Supreme Court.[14][15] Reared Episcopalian, his sister Phoebe is the Episcopal Bishop for the Diocese of West Tennessee.[citation needed] Roaf married Angela Hernandez, now known as Angela Hernandez Roaf, on December 10, 2013.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Damon Hack, "The Fall Hunt Is On at Arrowhead," New York Times (September 5, 2004). Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  2. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Willie Roaf. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  3. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Willie Roaf Archived March 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e Sheldon Mickles, "Roaf ruled the line," The Advocate (June 21, 2009).
  5. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, Willie Roaf. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  6. ^ Peter King, "Inside The NFL Draft," CNNSI (May 3, 1993).
  7. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Willie Roaf. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  8. ^ Len Pasquarelli,"Chiefs Pro Bowl tackle Roaf retires", ESPN.com, July 28, 2006
  9. ^ "Willie Roaf brings expertise to Area Combine: Former Chiefs tackle to coach linemen", Amarillo Globe-News, May 17, 2009.
  10. ^ "Willie Roaf" at Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame website (retrieved July 4, 2009).
  11. ^ Brian Allee-Walsh, "Ex-New Orleans Saints tackle Willie Roaf to make stop at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame", The Times-Picayune, June 20, 2009
  12. ^ Mike Triplett, "Roaf chosen for Saints' Hall of Fame", The Times-Picayune, May 21, 2008.
  13. ^ "Class of 2011 finalists". Pro Football HOF. January 9, 2011. Archived from the original on November 12, 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
  14. ^ "Andree Yvonne Layton Roaf (1941–)" at Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture (retrieved July 1, 2009).
  15. ^ "Andree Layton Roaf, first black woman to serve on Arkansas Supreme Court, dies at 68", Associated Press at KFSM-TV website, July 1, 2009.