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Brett Favre, Willie Roaf and Gary Huff Selected to 2018 East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame

As a part of the festivities surrounding the 93rd East-West Shrine Game, Brett Favre, Willie Roaf and Gary Huff will be inducted to the East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame on Friday, January 19, during the Players/Hall of Fame Awards Banquet at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. For banquet and ticket information, visit shrinegame.com/banquet-tickets.

The 2018 East-West Shrine Game will be played the following day, on Saturday, January 20 at Tropicana Field. The game will be televised live on NFL Network with kickoff at 3 p.m. EST. Game event and ticket information can be found on shrinegame.com

Notable Playing Careers 

Brett Favre, a native of Gulfport, Mississippi, and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, still owns more than 170 NFL records nearly a decade after he last retired. His streaks of 297 straight regular season starts and 321 including playoff games, span 19 years and three teams (Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings.) Favre appeared in East West Shrine Game No. 66 in Stanford, California in 1991 and was selected as one of that contest’s Most Outstanding Players.

Willie “Nasty” Roaf, a Pro Football Hall of Fame member from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, was a standout playing a position that is often only recognized when a penalty is called. Emerging as a force at Louisiana Tech, he later racked up a decade of Pro Bowls and a pair of NFLPA Offensive Lineman of the Year awards playing for the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs. Roaf was recognized as a member of the NFL’s All-Decade team for both the 1990s and 2000s. Roaf played in East-West Shrine Game No. 68 in Stanford, California in 1993. 

Gary Huff – another quarterback and Mississippi native (Natchez) – is still well represented in his alma mater’s record books 45 years later. He shares Florida State University’s record for touchdowns in a game (6) and is still in the top 10 among Seminole signal-callers in career yardage and completions. He will be forever linked to the Tampa Bay area because he was the quarterback for the Buccaneers first victory in 1977 (He also attended Leto High in Tampa).
Huff played in East-West Shrine Game No. 48 in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1972.

Off the Field

The three inductees have wildly different experiences off the field of play. All three gave back as coaches before moving on to other ventures (Favre at Oak Hill High School in Mississippi; Roaf at Santa Monica College in California; Huff at Indiana University, University of Kansas, the USFL Memphis Showboats and NFL Houston Oilers).

Favre’s “Favre 4 Hope Foundation” has donated more than $8 million to charities since 1995, primarily giving in Mississippi, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The foundation focuses on sick children (often through the Make a Wish Foundation) and assisting breast cancer patients (Favre’s wife Deanna is a breast cancer survivor). Favre also owns the former “Brett Favre’s Steakhouse” (recently renamed “Hall of Fame Chophouse”) in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Roaf recently started a business “Frame Your Game” producing unique custom-designed license plate frames; Roaf is the founder and has partnered with fellow Hall of Famers Earl Campbell, Tim Brown, Dermontti Dawson. Current NFL player Mark Ingram is also part owner.

Huff’s business career started before his playing days ended, with him spending off seasons as a CPA in Tampa. After his playing and coaching days, he led a large cell phone company and the largest IBM equipment seller in the world. He also applied his business acumen to the world of sports, serving as the CFO of the Oakland Raiders and later an associate athletic director at Florida State University (where he is currently the associate director of business services.) Huff is the only person to play, coach and work in administration of both college and professional sports.

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