Chiefs great Will Shields didn’t go off the board until the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft, but he’ll get to announce Kansas City’s second round selection Friday night in New York City.
Shields is representing the Chiefs as one of 33 NFL legends announcing second and third-round picks from the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall.
The NFL began a tradition last year of having alumni from every team announce each selection of the draft’s second round. If a team does not have a second round selection or trades out of the round, the player will announce the club’s third-round pick. St. Louis is represented by two players this year, pushing the alumni count to 33 total representatives.
Shields was recently announced as the Chiefs Hall of Fame inductee for 2012 and was also a first-ballot finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012.
Known as one of the greatest draft day steals in franchise history, Shields went on to earn 12 consecutive Pro Bowl invites during his 14-year NFL career. Shields’ 12 career Pro Bowls tie for the sixth-most Pro Bowl appearances by a player in NFL history.
His 224 games played and 223 consecutive starts rank as the top marks in Chiefs history.
Shields continues to make his home in the Kansas City community and keeps his “Will to Succeed Foundation” active today. Established in 1993, Shields’ foundation and its various programs have positively impacted more than 100,000 individuals.
Last year, the Chiefs were represented at the NFL Draft by Pro Football Hall of Fame LB Willie Lanier (watch as Lanier announces the selection of 2011 second-round draft pick
Lanier, who is arguably the greatest second-round pick in franchise history, was drafted 50th overall by the Chiefs in the 1967 Draft. He is one of 15 Pro Football Hall of Famers (Class of 1986) with ties to the organization and was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1985.
Both Lanier (1972) and Shields (2003) were NFL Man of the Year Award winners during their playing careers. Kansas City has had more players win the award than any other NFL team, with five winners.
Another former Chiefs player will be involved in the 2012 selection process as well. Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012 inductee Willie Roaf will announce the New Orleans Saints second-round picks for the second consecutive year.
The 2012 NFL Draft will continue its three-day format in 2012 with the first round broadcast on primetime television at 7:00 PM (CST) Thursday, April 26th. Rounds two and three will begin at 6:00 PM (CST) on Friday, April 27th with rounds four through seven beginning at 11:00 AM (CST) on Saturday, April 28th.
NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN will broadcast this year’s draft. Fans also may watch the live NFL Network stream on NFL Mobile.