Feb 4, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; General view of spectators as they watch a press conference announcing the NFL hall of fame class of 2012 finalists at the JW Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Willie Roaf To Enter The Hall Of Fame

Former Kansas City Chiefs tackle Willie Roaf will be one of the members of the 2012 Hall of Fame class, it was announced last night.

The Chiefs released a statement on the news today.

“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,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “Willie is one of the finest offensive lineman to suit up in a Chiefs uniform and is worthy of this extremely prestigious honor.”

Roaf was elected to 11 Pro Bowls in 13 years and is probably the best free agent acquisition in Kansas City Chiefs history.

Not making the cut this season was former Chiefs guard Will Shields. I know there were a lot of deserving candidates this year but Shields should have been a first ballot Hall of Famer. In my opinion, he’s the greatest interior lineman ever.

Shields was a 12-time Pro Bowler, nine-time All-Pro, Ed Block Courage Award winner, Walter Peyton Man of the Year winner and is part of the NFL’s All-Decade team.

Ah well. There is always next year.

Congratulations to Big Willie Style.

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