One of the greatest offensive linemen to ever put on a Chiefs uniform is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Former Kansas City guard Will Shields is one of the 15 modern-era finalists for the 2014 class. Shields played his entire career in Kansas City, stretching 14 seasons from 1993-2006.
Shields was a true iron man for the Chiefs. He never missed a game in his whole career, and holds the franchise record for games played with 224 and starts with 223. He was well respected throughout the league, being named a first team All Pro three times and a second team All Pro four times. Shields was also elected to 12 straight Pro Bowls, and named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
This is his third year of eligibility, but he is in one packed class. Joining him as modern-era finalists are Jerome Bettis, Derrick Brooks, Tim Brown, Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Charles Haley, Marvin Harrison, Walter Jones, John Lynch, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, and Aeneas Williams. Claude Humphrey and Ray Guy are also eligible as the senior committee nominees.
The class will not be selected until February 1, which is the day before the Super Bowl. The Hall of Fame cannot take less than four or more than seven candidates each year. Only five modern-era finalists can get in for the year, so any more than that would mean Humphrey or Guy were selected as senior nominees.
Shields was eliminated last year when the 15 finalists were narrowed down to ten. He may have a much better chance to make it this year, as SB Nation blog Arrowhead Pride described here back in August. He needs 80 percent approval from the 46 members of the selection committee.
As one of the greatest guards to ever play the game, no one would argue with his enshrinement. If selected, he would be the 17th member of the Hall of Fame to have played for the Chiefs and the 11th member to be inducted as a Chief.
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