Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Roaf will be recognized by the hall and Allstate Insurance Company in Pine Bluff on Wednesday as part of “Hometown Hall of Famers,” a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sport’s greatest coaches, players and contributors with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.
Roaf, who graduated from Pine Bluff High in 1988, will be presented with his “Hometown Hall of Famer” plaque during a special ceremony at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the school’s McFadden Gymnasium. The plaque will be placed there permanently to serve as an inspiration for the school’s students and athletes, according to a press release.
Making the presentation will be Roaf’s father, Clifton, who introduced him as a Hall of Famer in Canton, Ohio, last August. Roaf and Don Hutson (class of 1931) are Pine Bluff High’s only two alumni to make the Hall.
Roaf went on to Louisiana Tech, where he earned All-American status in 1992. He then was drafted eighth overall by the New Orleans Saints, earning All-Rookie honors and going on to play 189 career games across 13 seasons with the Saints and Kansas City Chiefs.
Roaf was an 11-time Pro Bowl selection and the 1994 and 1995 NFC Offensive Lineman of the year. He was named first-team All-NFL seven times, All-NFC six times and All-AFC three times.
Wednesday’s ceremony will be attended by PBHS students, faculty, staff, alumni and Roaf’s family members and close friends. Pine Bluff schools Superintendent Linda Watson will emcee the event.
In addition to the plaque, a commemorative Willie Roaf “Hometown Hall of Famers” road sign will be on display in Pine Bluff.