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Willie Roaf
Willie Roaf at Camp Basra 2-3-09.JPG
Roaf in February 2009
Jersey #(s)
Born April 18, 1970 (1970-04-18) (age 39)
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Career information
Year(s) 19932005
NFL Draft 1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
College Louisiana Tech
Professional teams
Career stats
Games played 189
Games started 189
Fumble recoveries 4
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

William Layton Roaf, sometimes nicknamed "Nasty"[1] (born April 18, 1970 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is a former American football offensive tackle.


Football career

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. 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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2]


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[3] In 2009 Roaf took his first coaching job, as the offensive line coach at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California.[4]

Roaf has been elected to sports halls of fame for Arkansas (in 2007)[5], Louisiana (in 2009)[2][6], and the New Orleans Saints (in 2008).[7]

Personal life

Roaf was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and attended Pine Bluff High School. His father was a dentist[2] and his mother, Andree Layton Roaf, was the first black woman to serve on the Arkansas Supreme Court.[8][9]




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