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CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Willie Roaf was tough to get around, an extraordinary blocker at tackle. He was impossible to ignore for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Roaf was the first player inducted Saturday in a six-man group that included four linemen. Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman and Cortez Kennedy joined him, along with running back Curtis Martin and cornerback Jack Butler.
Roaf made 11 Pro Bowls during a career with New Orleans and Kansas City. He was one of the best players in Saints history during his nine seasons there, and his induction gave the franchise something to celebrate after an offseason overshadowed by the bounty scandal.
Roaf was presented by his father, Clifton, who drove from Arkansas to attend every home game except one during his college and pro career.
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After months of this most awful of offseasons, the football gods have finally graced the Who Dat Nation with the beginning of football season and what a way to ring in the new season with the induction of former Saint Left Tackle and all-around fantastic gentleman, Willie Roaf, into the hallowed halls of Canton.
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It's been an amazing weekend for me so far in Canton. I've included some pictures on twitter if you follow my feed to share the experience as much as possible with you. I met several players, staff members and coaches and most were very friendly and accomodating. I have to say Joe Vitt was probably the best experience of the bunch (pictured). He was very engaging, asked me...
The bronze busts were impressive. Willie Roaf was magnanimous. And Drew Brees? Same as always.
It added up to a great weekend for a team that really needed one about now.
Brees produced a touchdown on his only series in the Hall of Fame game Sunday night, leading the New Orleans Saints to a 17-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals that topped off a fine time.
The linemen led the way as they always do, accepting their inductions into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with an abundance of humility. Curtis Martin finished the evening by supplying plenty of tears.
The last of the six players to have their bronze busts unveiled Saturday night, Martin used the big stage to recall his rough life, his mother's pain and his life-long indifference...
CANTON, Ohio-Hall of Fame Weekend means so much to the NFL for a variety of reasons. For fans it signals the true start of the new season.
To read this complete recap of Hall of Fame weekend which includes video and details on the impact of Kevin Kolb's injury on the Cardinals QB battle, please click the link below.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- The linemen led the way as they always do, accepting their inductions into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with an abundance of humility. Curtis Martin finished the evening by supplying plenty of tears. The last of the six players to have their bronze busts unveiled Saturday night, Martin used the big stage to recall his rough life, his mother's pain and his...
Jack Butler didn't play football in high school. He picked up the game in college at St. Bonaventure and entered the NFL as an undrafted player in 1951, just another guy filling out the Pittsburgh Steelers' roster.
He's not just another player anymore. Butler was the second of six players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Running back Curtis...
They blocked and tackled and got lost in those scrums at the line of scrimmage, overshadowed by the guys who handled the ball and got the moments of glory.
It all changes in Canton this weekend, when linemen are the stars of the NFL's most prestigious event.
Four linemen will be among the six players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night - Chris Doleman...
FOX Sports Ohio will be airing the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Timken Grand Parade from 6-8pm on this Sunday, August 12. The parade took place this past Saturday, August 4 in Canton, Ohio. This years inductees included Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf all of whom will now call Canton, Ohio their home...
One of the great things about being an NFL fan is arguing back and forth – as to who’s the best. When those discussions arise in regards to offensive linemen, there are two names that always come up - former Cincinnati Bengal Anthony Munoz and newly bronzed hall of famer and former Kansas City Chief, Willie Roaf.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomed its newest class this past weekend, as Willie Roaf, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Dermontti Dawson, Curtis Martin and Jack Butler made up the Class of 2012. And for the seventh straight year, former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed had to watch from home instead of taking his [...]
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