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Willie Roaf
File:Willie Roaf at Camp Basra 2-3-09.JPG
Roaf in February 2008.
No. 77     
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-04-18) April 18, 1970 (age 52)
Place of birth: Pine Bluff, Arkansas
High School: Pine Bluff High School
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
College: Louisiana Tech
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Debuted in 1993 for the New Orleans Saints
Last played in 2005 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
* New Orleans Saints ( 1993 2001)
Career highlights and awards
* 11× Pro Bowl (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
Career NFL statistics as of 2005
Games played     189
Games started     189
Fumbles recovered     4
Stats at
Stats at
Pro Football Hall of Fame

William Layton Roaf (born April 18, 1970), nicknamed "Nasty,"[1] is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive tackle in National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. He played college football for Louisiana Tech University, and earned 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 eleven-time Pro Bowl selection and nine-time All-Pro, he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Early years

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 team. He was lightly recruited out of high school, and even considered pursuing basketball instead of football in college.

Football career

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

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 hope 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 Arkansas (in 2007),[10] Louisiana (in 2009),[4][11] 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]

Personal life

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 an Episcopal priest. Roaf married Angela Hernandez, now known as Angela Hernandez Roaf, on December 10, 2013.


  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., Players, Willie Roaf. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 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., Players, Willie Roaf. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  8. Len Pasquarelli,"Chiefs Pro Bowl tackle Roaf retires",, 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 15, 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.

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