Found July 17, 2012 on Football Nation:
Willie Roaf was one of the new breed of offensive linemen: huge enough to open massive holes for running backs to slither through, yet agile and athletic enough to back-peddle against fast-twitch, aggressive defensive ends. And then strong enough to hold ground allowing his quarterback the precious 3-5 seconds needed to release the football.   Big No. 77 was a gentle giant, quiet and soft-spoken, preferring to let his play speak volumes about his work ethic, tenacity, and talent. In all the years I watched him play I never saw him once blow up at an opponent. He just took care of business at the highest level. And you almost never heard the announcer call his name for a penalty or because he was beat on a play, which meant he was doing his job at an elite level.   Roaf was drafted No. 8 overall in the first round of the 1993 Draft by the New Orleans Saints. As a tackle at Louisiana Tech he was a consensus first team All-American and a finalist of the Outland Trophy, which reco...

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