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nychief
05-02-2006, 04:29 PM
Chiefs' Roaf puts aside retirement talk
DOUG TUCKER
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Willie Roaf's mammoth body just turned 36 and he's feeling spry as a cat.

No more sore hamstrings. No more aching knees. And, most importantly to Kansas City fans with dreams of a Super Bowl - or at least their first playoff win in 13 years - no more thoughts of retirement.

If Larry Johnson is going to rush for 2,000 yards and the Chiefs' aging offense is going to make one last run at a championship, then the Pro Bowl left tackle does not want to be left out.

He's even working about as hard as he ever did in postseason conditioning drills. Stopping for an interview on Tuesday after a vigorous workout, his massive upper torso was drenched with sweat.

"I feel good," he said. I'm working with the young guys. I'm still strong. I just have to make sure I keep running and take care of my conditioning."

He's also impressed with first-year head coach Herm Edwards. It was a conversation with his new boss that helped persuade Roaf - who turned 36 on April 16 - to come back for what is going to be his 14th season of trading body blows with very large, very aggressive men who every year seem to get younger and younger.

"I had a meeting with coach Edwards. He's a great coach," Roaf said. "He's been around, played in the league a long time. It made sense to come back next year and give it another chance. Talking to him, I just thought we had some unfinished business. We needed to get back and see what we could do."

With 12 Pro Bowl selections, the 320-pound Roaf can lay claim to being one of the best tackles in the game. Just as teammate Will Shields, also with 12 Pro Bowl selections, is considered one of the best guards.

At one time last year, it appeared both might be ending their careers. Roaf missed six games with various injuries, principally a pulled hamstring, and Shields battled arthritis in his lower back.

But first Shields and now Roaf have decided to take one more lap, one more shot at the Super Bowl appearance that has always eluded them.

"I thought about (retiring). I talked to Will and some of the guys," Roaf said. "Then last year we finished so strong at the end of the year. It was great seeing Will come back. That helped, too."

A 37-3 rout of playoff-bound Cincinnati in the regular season finale left the Chiefs with five wins in their last seven games and a 10-6 record. They were the only 10-win team not to make the postseason.

"We were laughing and having a good time when we played Cincinnati," Roaf said. "At the end of the year, guys were feeling good. We were having a lot of fun. I was feeling good"

Along with tight end Tony Gonzalez and left guard Brian Waters, Kansas City put four members of its offensive line in the Pro Bowl and paved the way for Johnson to become a star in his first season as a starter. Stepping in for an injured Priest Holmes the last nine games, Johnson rushed for over 100 yards each time, ending up with 1,750 yards and a Pro Bowl invitation.

Now, there will be an increased emphasis on the running game with new offensive coordinator Mike Solari. Johnson is guaranteed to be the starter from the opening kickoff of the season, whether Holmes decides to return or not. Many fans are speculating on the possibility of a 2,000-yard season for the fourth-year Penn State product.

"It would be great for me to be a part of Larry Johnson rushing for 2,000 yards, at this time in my career," Roaf said. "That's something I never imagined being a part of, and that would be exciting."

58-4ever
05-02-2006, 04:31 PM
How about 2300 yards and 30 TDs. That would be exciting. Fock you Shawn Alexander!! nlm :toast:

Rain Man
05-02-2006, 04:35 PM
I love Willie Roaf.

Jayhawkerman2001
05-02-2006, 04:38 PM
How about 2300 yards and 30 TDs. That would be exciting. Fock you Shawn Alexander!! nlm :toast:

Only reason SA got that many yards and TDs is because he plays in a division with about the 3 crappiest football teams ever. That being said, this year we play that division this year, so it will be a good year for LJ to break many records :-D

KCChiefsFan88
05-02-2006, 04:42 PM
Now, there will be an increased emphasis on the running game with new offensive coordinator Mike Solari.



Whenever I hear this I have visions of Martyball, the lifeless, boring, predictable offense of the 1990's where the primary passing play was the little swing pass to Kimble Anders out of the backfield.

Fish
05-02-2006, 04:53 PM
I love Willie Roaf.

Ohh no you dihhhunt...... :thailor:

listopencil
05-02-2006, 04:54 PM
I was wondering if some Chiefs were talking up a 2K season before it started but it looks like the interviewerr brought it up. No big deal.

Psyko Tek
05-02-2006, 05:10 PM
Whenever I hear this I have visions of Martyball, the lifeless, boring, predictable offense of the 1990's where the primary passing play was the little swing pass to Kimble Anders out of the backfield.


if it wins a championship,I don't care if they roll it to Tony, so he can hand it to LJ everyplay

OldTownChief
05-02-2006, 05:17 PM
Whenever I hear this I have visions of Martyball, the lifeless, boring, predictable offense of the 1990's where the primary passing play was the little swing pass to Kimble Anders out of the backfield.

Yeah that same boring team that went to the playoffs in 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, and 97. Winning 4 playoff games and appearing in an AFC championship game. I just don't think I could bear it.

Rain Man
05-02-2006, 05:19 PM
Ohh no you dihhhunt...... :thailor:


Don't give me that. You love him too, and you know it.

Fish
05-02-2006, 05:47 PM
Don't give me that. You love him too, and you know it.

More than you! Back down from my man....... that giant sweaty black ass is mine.....

SNR
05-02-2006, 06:11 PM
Whenever I hear this I have visions of Martyball, the lifeless, boring, predictable offense of the 1990's where the primary passing play was the little swing pass to Kimble Anders out of the backfield.Yeah. Nothing against LJ, but he certainly is no Kimble Anders... :rolleyes:

Ari Chi3fs
05-02-2006, 06:12 PM
Wow, and I saw him at Prairie Life working out LAST NIGHT... dude is getting in extra workouts on top of workouts.

WOW.

the Talking Can
05-02-2006, 06:21 PM
I heart Roaf.

Best trade ever.

Spicy McHaggis
05-02-2006, 06:46 PM
Wow, and I saw him at Prairie Life working out LAST NIGHT... dude is getting in extra workouts on top of workouts.

WOW.

Did you ask for a spot?

dtebbe
05-02-2006, 06:46 PM
Yeah. Nothing against LJ, but he certainly is no Kimble Anders... :rolleyes:

That's Kibble Anders to you... :harumph:

One of the best all time CP nicknames IMHO

DT

Short Leash Hootie
05-02-2006, 06:54 PM
I heart Roaf.

Best trade ever.
Oh but Carl Peterson is the worst GM ever...

I honestly hate all of the CP bashing...

It's not his fault our players constantly choke in the playoffs.

SNR
05-02-2006, 08:21 PM
Oh but Carl Peterson is the worst GM ever...

I honestly hate all of the CP bashing...

It's not his fault our players constantly choke in the playoffs.No, it's his fault. He's intentionally sabotaging our playoff opportunities so he can make top dollar on a team that is always "on the verge" of playoff-dom, thus making them exciting. Once they actually make the playoffs, however, he has a standard to live up to, and that's too difficult.

Halfcan
05-02-2006, 09:46 PM
I would like to see us break the TD and yardage record on our way to a SB win over the Panthers.