Top-notch offensive linemen simply don't stand out as much as top-notch skill position players, which is the only explanation for why Willie Roaf is not already enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Roaf is a member of two NFL All-Decade teams, made 11 Pro Bowls and was a six-time All-Pro selection, but did not make it as a first ballot Hall of Famer in 2011, his first year of eligibility. His short wait is now over, and Roaf will finally be a Hall of Famer in 2012.
Roaf played 13 NFL seasons, split between the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs. He played in and started in 189 games in his NFL career, starting all 16 regular season games in nine of his seasons as a professional. Though the teams that Roaf played for were rarely contenders, he was still recognized as one of the best players of his era at any position.