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Roaf: Post-NFL career aches

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Ex-Tech star, others pay physical price for success
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Leader photo by O.K. DAVIS- Former Louisiana Tech University and NFL star Willie Roaf (left) poses for a photo with 5-year-old Christian Ponti during a break in last weekend’s “Hall of Fame Pro Day” hosted by fellow Pro Football Hall of Famer Fred Dean and the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana. Ponti, one of numerous youngsters who obtained autographs from the ex-professional players in attendance, is the son of Gene and Suzanne Ponti of West Monroe.

At times on the Louisiana Tech University practice field last Saturday morning, Willie Roaf could stand for only so long.

Eventually, there would come the time when he would say, “Excuse me,” and then lean up against one of the tall light poles located nearby or on a huge tire affixed to a crane.

Welcome to the life of a former NFL player.

Oh, those glory days in the league were made for scrapbooks and fond memories.

So was the adulation of fans, media and others who appreciated an all-out effort on each and every play.

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