Willie Roaf began his professional football career with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, who drafted him with the eighth pick of the first round in the 1993 draft. The draft pick was acquired from the Detroit Lions for the rights to Pat Swilling. Willie Roaf played nine seasons for the Saints; he was named to seven Pro Bowls, and won a spot on both the NFL 1990’s All-Decade Team and the 2000’s All-Decade Team, making him the most awarded player in Saints history.Willie 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. His election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame was announced on February 4, 2012. On July 28, 2006, Willie Roaf told the Kansas City Star that he was retiring from football. In 2009 Roaf took his first coaching job, as the offensive line coach at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California. Roaf has been elected to sports halls of fame for Louisiana Tech Athletics (2003), Arkansas (in 2007), Louisiana (in 2009), and the New Orleans Saints (in 2008). He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 4, 2012, in his second year of eligibility. Roaf was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.