Willie Roaf reportedly set to retire; Chiefs hope he reconsiders

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  1. texan279

    texan279 Hall of Fame

    Apr 30, 2004
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    Rosenberg TX

    RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- Willie Roaf says he's retiring and going back to college. The Kansas City Chiefs are holding out hope the 11-time Pro Bowl tackle will return for a 14th season.

    The 36-year-old Roaf told The Kansas City Star on Friday that he was retiring, a move that would leave a large hole on the Chiefs offensive line.

    Carl Peterson, president and general manager of the Chiefs, said neither he nor coach Herm Edwards had spoken with Roaf in several weeks and they were "leaving the door open."

    "Certainly I am aware of what was written," Peterson said Friday, the first day of Kansas City's training camp. "I'd say right now, because of who Willie Roaf is, what he has contributed to the Kansas City Chiefs and what he's contributed to the National Football League, we're going to keep the door open for a while.

    "Players do change their mind."

    Roaf told the Star for a story posted on its Web site Friday he told Peterson and Edwards of his intentions weeks ago, including in a letter sent to the team.

    "I guess they want me to reconsider," Roaf said. "I'm solid on retiring and going back to school."
  2. CloakNNNdagger

    CloakNNNdagger Site Contributor

    Apr 30, 2004
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    This is a follow up story in the KC STAR CONFIRMING RETIREMENT:

    Chiefs' Roaf retires
    The Kansas City Star

    Chiefs tackle Willie Roaf pulled off the offensive line for a block on a sweep during the 2005 preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. He said Friday he was retiring from football.RIVER FALLS, Wis. | Tackle Willie Roaf, the foundation of one of the NFL’s best offensive lines, has retired.

    Roaf wasn’t with the Chiefs when they reported for training camp on Thursday. Roaf told The Kansas City Star this morning by telephone that he had told president/general Carl Peterson and coach Herm Edwards of his plans weeks ago and even sent the Chiefs a letter declaring his intentions.

    “I guess they want me to reconsider,’’ Roaf told The Star. “I’m solid on retiring and going back to school.’’

    Roaf, 36, was emphatic in the spring that he would play this season. But today he said lingering hamstring and knee trouble led to his decision.

    Roaf missed six games last season because of hamstring problems. He missed half of the 2001 season while playing for New Orleans after tearing knee ligaments.

    Roaf joined the Chiefs in a trade from the Saints in 2002 and was a major factor in their offensive success. His retirement leaves a significant hole at left tackle.

    Edwards said Thursday the Chiefs would use Jordan Black at left tackle and Kyle Turley at right tackle when practice begins this afternoon.

    Roaf played 13 NFL seasons and made the Pro Bowl in all but two of them. Despite playing on only two teams to reach the playoffs, Roaf will likely be selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  3. TwinSisters

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    Apr 9, 2006
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    In my mind.
    Knee problems and going back to school... good for you.

    Good for me, as I get to see just how much he was part of the equation with Larry Johnson.
  4. Wolf

    Wolf 100% Texan

    May 1, 2004
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    wow, could you imagine how this would have affecte the Texans being he was available in the expansion draft(if I remember correctly)

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