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Willie Roaf – “Life After the NFL”

Willie Roaf

Willie Roaf, sometimes nicknamed Nasty, was born April 18, 1970 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.  He attended Pine Bluff High School.  His mother, Andree, was the first African American woman on the Arkansas Supreme Court. His father attended Howard Dental School and practiced in Pine Bluff for many years.  His sister, Phoebe, is the first African-American woman bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee.

Roaf was lightly recruited out of high school, and even considered pursuing basketball instead of football in college, but he went on to have an outstanding football career at Louisiana Tech as an offensive tackle.  Known for his blocking ability, and for his considerable speed for his size, he was a finalist in his senior year for the Outland Trophy for the best offensive lineman in college. He began his NFL career with the New Orleans Saints, who drafted him with the eighth pick of the first round in the 1993 draft. Roaf played nine years for the Saints; he was named to seven Pro Bowls, and won a spot on the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team, making him the most awarded player in Saints history. 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.

Roaf was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.  Roaf was an eleven-time Pro Bowler and nine-time All-Pro.  He was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Teams for the 1990s and 2000s.  At Louisiana Tech, he was a consensus first-team All-American in his senior year and later got elected to the Louisiana Tech Hall of Fame.  Roaf has also been enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, and the Saints Hall of Fame.  Roaf is a husband, father, stepfather and grandfather. He is an entrepreneur and man of faith. Enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and living life in Florida.