CANTON, OH - AUGUST 6: Fans wait to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame prior to the induction ceremony on August 6, 2011 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

2012 NFL Hall Of Fame: Willie Roaf Is Part Of 50th Class

Will Shields and Willie Roaf are among 17 candidates that will find out on Saturday whether or not they'll be inducted into this years' NFL Hall Of Fame class.

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Willie Roaf Tells Hall Of Fame Candidates Still Waiting To 'Be Patient'

Willie Roaf is one of another handful of players recently voted for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio over the Super Bowl Weekend. It’s a time of celebration for many, like Roaf, who finally reach the place of prestige and honor after a long and celebrated career on the field. However for many it becomes another year of waiting and wondering when, if ever, they will gain entry.

Roaf said he feels bad for the guys who have been waiting because he himself only had to wait one year. That said, he believes they should be patient because they will appreciate it when it comes. That’s what he recently told ESPN 101 in St. Louis in a recent interview.

Roaf said, “I would say to be patient. I know the process, the years go by and you think about it like ‘are they ever going to put me in? Are they ever going to put me in?’ But I think that’s going to make, especially Cris Carter, Tim (Brown) and those guys, that’s going to make them appreciate it more. It makes it very special to me that I had to wait a year, but I really don’t understand what those guys are feeling because some of those guys have been waiting a long time. I know that’s going to be even that more special to them.”

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2012 NFL Hall Of Fame: Will Shields Exclusion From Canton Is Shocking

Willie Roaf definitely deserved the honor that came his way last night as a member of the latest class of inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In fact, every player on the final list of 15 that had to be whittled down can make an incredible case for certain. But the fact that longtime All Pro guard Will Shields was left out of the running is among the more shocking revelations of the weekend.

Available for the first time this season to be voted upon, Shields was considered by many to be a favorite on his first ballot. While guards aren't revered like quarterbacks or pass rushers, Shields was a man among boys along the Chiefs offensive line and missed only one start from 1993 to 2006 in his career.

Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk predicted Shields would get in and wrote, "Shields, the longtime guard for the Kansas City Chiefs, never missed a game in 14 seasons and was selected to the Pro Bowl 12 times. If he doesn’t get in on the first ballot, the selection committee might as well just say guards can’t get in on their first try."

Bill Williamson over at ESPN wrote, "There is a good chance Shields will need to start thinking about his Hall of Fame acceptance speech. Shields is one of 17 finalists for election into the Canton, Ohio, museum. It is Shields’ first year on the ballot. He is considered to have a strong chance to be inducted. Former Raiders receiver Tim Brown and tackle Willie Roaf -- who played with Shields for four years in Kansas City -- are also former AFC West players who are finalists. All three have a chance to make it, but Shields may have the best chance of the three AFC West finalists to be inducted."

Now Shields will have to wait until next year when the field becomes crowded once again and the sexier positions can earn a bit more attention. Willie Roaf was brought in this season after failing to make it in last year. Here's hoping Shields gets that chance.

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Willie Roaf Receives Praise From Clark Hunt On Behalf Of Kansas City Chiefs

Willie Roaf is receiving accolades from all over, as it should be when being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The prestigious honor came to Roaf along with five others and since that moment former players and coaches have expressed their praise for the man and player that Roaf was for his NFL career. Clark Hunt, the owner of the Chiefs, is the latest to weigh in. He states:

“On behalf of my family and the entire Chiefs organization, we are thrilled to congratulate Willie Roaf on his well-deserved selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Willie is one of the finest offensive lineman to suit up in a Chiefs uniform and is worthy of this extremely prestigious honor. In his four seasons with the Chiefs, Willie anchored one of the best offensive lines in the National Football League. Today's announcement solidifies his place as one of the greatest offensive lineman in the history of pro football.”

For more on Willie Roaf making the Pro Football Hall of Fame go visit our Chiefs blog Arrowhead Pride. For more news and notes on 2012 Hall Of Fame Class check out the SB Nation NFL StoryStream.

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2012 Hall Of Fame: Willie Roaf Makes Hall Of Fame On Second Attempt

Offensive tackle Wille Roaf had to wait only two yeas to become a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Skill position players are usually put ahead of offensive lineman, but Roaf was a special talent and during his 13 year NFL career from 1993-2005 where he was a member of the NFL All-Decade team in the 1990s and 2000s, he made 11 Pro Bowls and was named to the All-Pro team six times.

Roaf played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2002 - 05 and prior to that he played for the New Orleans Saints from 1993 - 2001. Roaf played in and started in 189 games during his NFL career and started 16 regular season games in nine of his 12 seasons.

The Chiefs website put up a tribute video honoring Roaf's achievement.

For more on Willie Roaf making the Pro Football Hall of Fame go visit our Chiefs blog Arrowhead Pride. For more news and notes on 2012 Hall Of Fame Class check out the SB Nation NFL StoryStream.

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NFL Hall Of Fame Class Of 2012: Top Ten Candidates Include Willie Roaf, Cris Carter, Curtis Martin

The NFL announcements are now being made and the top ten has been revealed. One former Chief is included with Willie Roaf in the top ten, but there’s bad news for Will Shields fans as the longtime Pro Bowler will have to wait until next season. Yet contrary to Tim Brown’s previous Tweet, it seems that the wide receivers are well represented in the top ten, so there’s a question of whether or not he was correct.

Still defensive players will likely get in with the list below showing several high profile linemen who warrant entry. The top ten finalists announced today include:
Cris Carter
Dermonti Dawson
Chris Doleman
Charles Haley
Cortez Kennedy
Curtis Martin
Bill Parcells
Andre Reed
Willie Roaf
Aeneas Williams

That means that the members of the original 15 that did not make it include Jerome Bettis, Kevin Greene, Will Shields and Eddie DeBartolo. Shields was a possibility in his first year for the Chiefs, but apparently he will have to wait until next season.

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NFL Hall Of Fame Class: Raiders' Tim Brown Upset No Wide Receivers Chosen In 2012

Tim Brown’s numbers rival a number of other wide receivers available and deserving of Hall of Fame consideration, and yet he was receiving throws from subpar quarterback compared to others. Still he has revealed that no wideout was allowed in at all this year. It’s still unofficial and it’s hard to tell how he knew. Among others being considered are Cris Carter of the Minnesota Vikings and Andre Reed of the Buffalo Bills.

Brown writes on his Twitter account, “Raider nation!! Don’t bother to watch tonight they passed on me again!! In fact, no wrs made it again. Gotta get some of y’all in there!!”

The announcement is being made soon to move from 12 to 10 and then the finalists will be cut down to five tonight and those will be the finalists. Another two senior candidates can be selected separately. This will be the 50th class for induction into Canton.

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NFL Hall Of Fame Voting 2012: Willie Roaf 'Should Get In' Soon Given Prolific Career

It’s amazing to think about the personnel that once stood next to each other along the Kansas City Chiefs’ front line. Brian Waters and Casey Wiegmann still stand in the NFL and stand as two of the best active linemen in the league. Two former players in Willie Roaf and Will Shields now stand together as Hall of Fame candidates and the voting takes place today to see if either one, or both, can make it in.

Shields is considered a good bet to get in on his first round today, but that’s been said before of deserving candidates who were left wanting. Roaf, on the other hand, has been through this before, but deserves it even still. Eric Golub of the Washington Times says that Roaf is one of the best tackles of all time and, as such, warrants entry into the Hall:

Willie Roaf is one of the greatest offensive tackles of all time. In 13 years, nine of those with the Saints, he went to 11 Pro Bowls. When he decided to retire, Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson tried to persuade him to stay. Roaf was a fierce blocker, and protected some good quarterbacks and some less so. He never went to a Super Bowl, but he in his first year of eligibility and deserves first ballot consideration. Dermontti Dawson became the Steelers center when Hall of Famer Mike Webster retired. Dawson did go to one Super bowl, and 12 years as a center is impressive in itself. Yet Dawson played on teams that were much more talented. Willie Roaf should get in.

Both players should eventually get in and Waters also stands a solid chance in the future when his playing days are done. Wiegmann might be on the outside looking in, but there’s no doubting both his strength and contributions as well as the overall excellence of a once all-time line.

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