Waiting To Exhale: Former Saint Willie Roaf Awaits Hall of Fame Announcements

Former New Orleans Saints OT Willie Roaf is one of five first-year eligible players among the 15 modern-era finalists who will be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011 this Saturday.

Roaf spent nine years in New Orleans before finishing his career with the Kansas City Chiefs. He retired after the 2005 season.

“Now that it’s getting close, there is a lot of anticipation,” Roaf told the team website. “I have been thinking about it a lot because it would be such a prestigious accomplishment. Just to be on the final list during my first time is an honor itself.”

Roaf was selected to 11 Pro Bowls and was a six-time first team All-Pro selection. He is also on the NFL’s All-Decade team for both the 1990s and 2000s.

“To be selected to the Hall of Fame during my first time on the ballot would be something very special because a lot of guys aren’t even a finalist their first year,” said Roaf. “I worked hard at my job and played at a high level for most of my career. It would be something that I would be very proud of.”

Selections will be announced Saturday, Feb. 5.

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