Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Willie Roaf

Willie Roaf


  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • School: Louisiana Tech
  • High School: Pine Bluff (Ark.)
  • Years: 1989-1992
  • Inducted: 2014
  • Place of Birth: Pine Bluff, Ark.
  • Date of Birth: Apr 18, 1970
  • Jersey Number: 71
  • Height: 6-5"
  • Weight: 290

Member Biography

Louisiana Tech’s first All-American offensive lineman since 1946, Willie Roaf earned consensus honors in 1992 en route to becoming one of the most dominant blockers in the nation. He becomes the third Bulldog to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

A finalist for the 1992 Outland Trophy, Roaf led the Bulldogs to a berth in the 1990 Independence Bowl, the school’s first postseason appearance since 1978. The senior team captain twice earned First-Team All-South Independent and All-Louisiana recognition. During his time in Ruston, Roaf blocked for two of the top five career rushers in Louisiana Tech history, and he was key to the longest rushing play in school history, an 88-yard run by Gerald Lawrence against Southern Illinois in 1991.

The eighth overall pick by the New Orleans Saints in the 1993 NFL Draft, Roaf enjoyed a highly-decorated 13-year career with the Saints and Kansas City Chiefs, culminating with his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. An 11-time Pro Bowl selection, he is a member of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team as well as the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor.

The Pine Bluff, Ark., native currently resides in Georgia and owns numerous rental properties in Kansas City, Mo. Roaf is enshrined in the Arkansas Sports, Louisiana Sports and Louisiana Tech Athletic Halls of Fame. His mother, Andree, also made history as the first black woman to serve on the Arkansas Supreme Court.