RUSTON, LA (KSLA/Louisiana Tech Sports Information) -
The National Football
Foundation (NFF) announced Thursday that former Louisiana Tech offensive tackle
Willie Roaf will be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame 2014
The 2014 College Football
Hall of Fame Class includes defensive back Dre Bly (North Carolina), offensive
tackle Tony Boselli (Southern Cal), defensive tackle Dave Butz (Purdue),
linebacker Shane Conlan (Penn State), quarterback Joe Hamilton (Georgia Tech),
linebacker John Huard (Maine), halfback Darrin Helson (Stanford), quarterback
John Sciarra (UCLA), wide receiver Sterling Sharpe (South Carolina), cornerback
Leonard Smith (McNeese State), linebacker Derrick Thomas (Alabama), tailback
LaDanian Tomlinson (TCU), tight end Wesley Walls (Ole Miss), coach Mike
Bellotti (Chico State, Oregon) and coach Jerry Moore (North Texas, Texas Tech,
Roaf will become the fifth
Louisiana Tech coach or player to be inducted to the College Football Hall of
Fame and the third since 2009 when the induction ceremony is held on Dec. 9 in
New York City. LA Tech is tied for second among Conference USA's 14 football
programs and third among Louisiana's FBS schools in number of College Football
Hall of Famers produced. Tech also has as many or more College Football
Hall of Famers than Houston, Kansas State, Memphis, Mississippi State, Oklahoma
State, Texas Tech and Tulsa.
"We are extremely proud to
announce the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class," said Archie Manning,
NFF Chairman and a 1989 College Football Hall of Famer from Ole Miss. "Each of
these men has established himself among the absolute best to have ever played
the game, and we look forward to immortalizing their incredible accomplishments
at the new Hall of Fame in Atlanta as an inspiration to future generations."
A four-year letterman at Tech
from 1989-1992, Roaf was selected as one of 14 players and two coaches in this
year's induction class among a list of nominees on the ballot totaling 75
All-America players and six elite coaches.
A native of Pine Bluff,
Arkansas, Roaf became the program's first consensus All-American in his senior
year (1992) while also being named a finalist for the Outland Trophy that
season, an award given to the best offensive lineman in college. During his
career, Roaf was named All-South Independent and All-Louisiana in 1991 and
1992. Following his senior season with the Bulldogs, he was selected in the
first round with the No. 8 overall pick by the New Orleans Saints in the 1993
NFL Draft, the second-highest Bulldog even selected.
His first season wearing the
ole Red and Blue marked the University's first year as a member of Division I-A
(now FBS). During his four-year career at Tech, Roaf guided the Bulldogs to a
25-16-3 record (.602 winning percentage) and he never lost a game at home in
the friendly confines of Joe Aillet Stadium.
During his time in Ruston,
Roaf blocked for two fo the top five career rushers in Louisiana Tech history
(Jason Cooper, Jason Davis) and he was key to the longest rushing play in
school history, an 88-yard run by Gerald Lawrence against Southern Illinois on
Nov. 9, 1991.
He also guided Tech to the
1990 Independence Bowl against Maryland – a game that resulted in a 34-34 tie –
and helped Tech to a 12-12 tie at South Carolina in 1991. During his senior
year as a team captain in 1992, Roaf helped the Bulldogs to a 10-9 win over
Baylor in Waco, Texas.
Roaf's No. 71 jersey is one
of only two numbers retired by Louisiana Tech, along with Terry Bradshaw's No.
12. He went on to an illustrious career in the National Football League with
the New Orleans Saints (1993-2001) and Kansas City Chiefs (2002-05), becoming
an 11-time Pro Bowler and a 10-time All-Pro (a six-time first team All-Pro
He is already a member of the
Pro Football Hall of Fame (Class of 2012), Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of
Fame (2003), Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame (2007) and Louisiana Sports Hall of
In order to be inducted into
the College Football Hall of Fame, a player must have received first team
All-America recognition by one of the recognized organizations selecting
All-America teams. That list includes the Associated Press, American Football
Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News
and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (a player must receive first team
honors by three of the five institutions to be deemed a consensus All-American
and by all five to be deemed a unanimous All-American).
After being named a consensus
All-American, a player then becomes eligible for consideration by the NFF's
Honors Court 10 years after his last year of intercollegiate football was
played. The committee takes a nominee's post-football record as a citizen in
strong regard and, in accordance with the 50-year rule, players must have
played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years.
Of the 5.06 million individuals
who have played college football since Princeton first battled Rutgers on Nov.
6, 1989, only 1,155 champions of the gridiron (948 players and 207 coaches)
have been immortalized in the Hall. In other words, only two ten-thousandths of
one percent (.0002) of those who have played the game have been deemed of the
For the first time in the
history of the organization, the NFF has combined the inductees from the
Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), Football Championship Subdivision (FCS),
Division II, Division III and the NAIA into one class. In 1996, the NFF started
formally inducting players from the divisional ranks. College Football Hall of
Fame coach Eddie Robinson called the change one of the best things to ever
happen in college football at the time, and the change has proven to be
extremely successful during the past 18 years with the 144 divisional
"Combining the inductees into
one class allows us to create a unified platform for honoring the game's
greatest legends," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "The change
completes the process that we began in 1996, creating a cohesive process for
what it means to be a Hall of Famer. We are grateful for the guidance,
knowledge and vision of honors court chairmen Gene Corrigan (FBS) and Jack
Lengyel (divisional) for making the change possible and the essential role that
they play each in selecting the inductees."
The 2014 College Football
Hall of Fame Class will be inducted together at the 57th NFF Annual Awards
Dinner on Dec. 9, 2014, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The inductees
will also be honored at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar
Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1, 2015, and they will be recognized at their
respective collegiate institutions with on-campus salutes during the fall.
Their accomplishments will be forever immortalized in the new $66.5 million
College Football Hall of Fame, currently under construction in Atlanta and
scheduled to open in August of 2014.