One of the finest players in Chiefs franchise history, both on and off the field, notched one of football’s highest honors Tuesday afternoon. Former Chiefs All-Pro G Will Shields is among 14 players and two coaches who are part of the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011.
Shields will be officially enshrined in 2012. Joining Shields in the Class of 2011 is former University of Arizona tackle Rob Waldrop, who played three games with the Chiefs in 1994.
"What an honor," Shields said Tuesday afternoon. "I'm very excited to be chosen to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. As Coach Osborne would say, it is one of those indelible ink moments, that once you are selected into the Hall of Fame, your name will be listed there forever, regardless of what else may happen from this moment on.
“I'm still pretty much in shock. There so many great players and coaches in the Hall and this literally leaves me speechless."
Shields is the 20th player who spent a portion of their professional football career with either the Kansas City Chiefs or Dallas Texans to join the College Football Hall of Fame.
Chiefs In The College Football Hall of Fame
|Marcus Allen||Running Back||USC||2001|
|Bobby Bell||Defensive Tackle||Minnesota||1991|
|Buck Buchanan||Off./Def. Tackle||Grambling||1996|
|Joe Delaney||Running Back||Northwestern State (LA)||1997|
|Kenny Gamble||Running Back||Colgate||2002|
|E.J. Holub||Center||Texas Tech||1986|
|John Huarte||Quarterback||Notre Dame||2006|
|Willie Lanier||Linebacker||Morgan State||2000|
|Jim Lynch||Linebacker||Notre Dame||1992|
|Gary Spani||Linebacker||Kansas State||2003|
The Chiefs original scouting report described Shields as a “young man (21) that has the size and athletic awareness to become a top player at his position provided he continues to work.”
Work ethic was never a concern for the 12-time Pro Bowler.
After joining the Chiefs as an unheralded third-round draft pick in 1993, Shields left the game as one of Kansas City’s all-time greats. His 224 games played are the most any individual has given to the franchise and his 223 consecutive starts also rank as the highest total in team history.
At the time of his retirement, only QB Brett Favre had a longer active starting streak than Shields’ 223 games. Shields retired from professional football on April 15, 2007.
“(Shields) is one of the more underrated players in the history of the National Football League,” Voice of the Chiefs Mitch Holthus said Tuesday on Chiefs LIVE!
“What’s understated about him is his athletic ability. He’s one of those guys that probably could have played tackle. He didn’t have tackle height, but he was a remarkable athlete. He’s also one of the guys that fits the mold as a remarkable person.”
Shields was just as consistent in his commitment to the community as he was to protecting quarterbacks and opening rushing lanes. He was named the 2003 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, the most prestigious off-field accolade that can be bestowed upon an active player.
Shields still makes his home in the Kansas city area, running a local sports club – 68 Inside Sports.
Cross one HUGE honor off Shields’ list, but there’s still another to be had. Shields will be eligible for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the first time in 2012.
(Editor’s Note: 65 Toss Power Trap cameras recently caught up with Shields – look for a feature this fall on Hy-Vee Chiefs Insider: Official Pre-Game Show of the Kansas City Chiefs).
2011 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS
- WILL SHIELDS - OG, Nebraska (1989-92)
- CARLOS ALVAREZ - WR, Florida (1969-71)
- DOUG ENGLISH - DT, Texas (1972-74)
- BILL ENYART - FB, Oregon State (1966-68)
- EDDIE GEORGE - RB, Ohio State (1992-95)
- MARTY LYONS - DT, Alabama (1975-78)
- RUSSELL MARYLAND - DT, Miami, Fla. (1986-90)
- DEION SANDERS - DB, Florida State (1985-88)
- JAKE SCOTT - DB, Georgia (1967-68)
- SANDY STEPHENS* - QB, Minnesota (1959-61)
- DARRYL TALLEY - LB, West Virginia (1979-82)
- CLENDON THOMAS** - HB, Oklahoma (1955-57)
- ROB WALDROP - DL, Arizona (1990-93)
- GENE WASHINGTON - WR, Michigan State (1964-66)
** Selection from FBS Veterans Committee
- LLOYD CARR - 122-40-0 (75.3%) - Michigan (1995-2007)
- FISHER DeBERRY - 169-109-1 (60.8%) - Air Force (1984-2006)