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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Chiefs to honor Roaf

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Chiefs are honoring Willie Roaf this weekend.

The star tackle had a brief but stellar stay in Kansas City. He played for Kansas City from 2002-2005. The 11-time Pro Bowl player made the Pro Bowl each of his four seasons with Kansas City. Roaf retired from the NFL in 2006.

Roaf will be honored at halftime during Sunday's home game against San Diego. There will be a video presentation and Roaf is expected to address the crowd.

"Willie Roaf is arguably the finest left tackle to have ever played in the NFL," Kansas City general manager Carl Peterson said in a release by the team. "We were very fortunate to execute a trade for Willie with the New Orleans Saints. What the Chiefs received was the 'personal' protection of QB Trent Green for four years which led to four Pro Bowl appearances for Willie. At the same time, he became a member of one of the most highly-decorated offensive lines in Chiefs history.

"Throughout his professional football career, Willie conducted himself in a manner both on and off the field that has served his reputation well and is a quality one would hope all NFL players would emulate," Peterson continued. "We are delighted to pay tribute to him and hope to do so again in the future when he is welcomed into the family of greats as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We wish Willie and his family all the best for the future."

This is a nice honor for Roaf. The Chiefs have long had a reputation of treating their players well and this honor for a player who was in Kansas City for less than half a decade is an illustration of it. It shows a player doesn't have to be in a city for 10-plus years to be appreciated.

Meanwhile, tickets for the San Diego game and the home season finale against Miami on Dec. 21 are still available.