Best Saints By The Numbers: #77
All summer long, we’re going to list the best players in New Orleans Saints history to wear every number, 00-99.
Yesterday, we did #76
The pick: William Roaf
When deciding who is the best New Orleans Saints player to ever wear #77, the choice is limited to defensive linemen Dan Goich, Jerry Boyarsky, and Rodney Leisle, and offensive linemen Ray Rissmiller, Mike Taylor, Jim Boeke, Carl Johnson, Chris Morris, Marv Montgomery, Gary Anderson, Daren Gilbert, William Roaf, and Carl Nicks.
Our selection, a pretty obvious one at that, is going to be Roaf, an offensive lineman, who played for the Saints for 9 years, 1993-2001.
After playing his college football at Louisiana Tech, Roaf was selected by the Saints in the first round of the 1993 NFL Draft.
A native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Roaf became an immediate starter, starting 16 games at right tackle in 1993.
Roaf made the switch to left tackle and was named to the Pro Bowl, as he was for seven-consecutive seasons, and 11 of the next 12.
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Roaf was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs prior to the 2002 season. Roaf played four years for the Chiefs, before retiring following the 2005 season.
Roaf was named to the NFL All-Decade Team in both the 1990's and 2000's. He was also named to the Louisiana Tech Hall of Fame in 2003, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
In 9 years with the Saints, Roaf appeared in 131 games, all of them as a starter.
In 13 NFL seasons, Roaf appeared in 189 games, all as a starter.