Roaf Snub Leads to National Debate on Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Process

by Chris Bahn  on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 9:38 am  

Pine Bluff native Willie Roaf, an 11-time Pro Bowl selection, was not picked for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The snub led to a debate between national columnists on the HOF selection process.

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Spots in the Pro Football Hall of Fame were given out earlier this month.

You might have noticed Pine Bluff native Willie Roaf, an Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame member, was not on the list. Maybe you didn’t notice Roaf was passed over in his first year of eligibility.

Well, Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock noticed.

Whitlock, who served as a columnist in Kansas City for nearly two decades, covered Roaf’s stint with the Chiefs and viewed the 11-time pro bowl selection as worthy of admission on the first ballot.

Roaf wasn’t elected, and Whitlock is using the snub as an example of how the voting process is broken. We’ll let Whitlock take it from here:

I knew incompetence and politics would deny him that honor. I suspected the Roaf snub would be my tipping point and force me to address the HOF selection process.

It’s a joke.

Whitlock continues:

It’s a joke, man.

There isn’t one sane person who would argue that Richard Dent had a more dominant NFL career than Big Willie Roaf. Not one. So how are they on the same ballot and Dent gets in and Roaf doesn’t?

Dent played from 1983 until 1997. The Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee failed to elect Dent to the 1980s or 1990s all-decade team. Roaf was first team in the 1990s and second team in the 2000s.

Come on, man.

 

 

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