Feb 4, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Will Shields talks during the NFL Alumni Player Networking Event at the Hyatt Regency. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Will Shields Falls Short of Hall of Fame

Will Shields is going to have to wait at least one more year before he is enshrined into the Hall of Fame.


There is something of a silver-lining here. Covitz reports Shields made the cut from 15 to 10, but fell just short of making the seven-man class. Being one of the last three out stinks, but it would seem to indicate his time is coming soon. Shields failed to make the cut to 10 last year.

Shields was drafted 74th overall by the Chiefs in the 1993 draft. After serving as a reserve in his first game as a professional, he earned the starting gig in week two and never looked back. From ’93 to 2006 he started 223-straight games, went to 12 Pro Bowls, and was named All-Pro twice.

Shields was given the Walter Peyton Man of the Year award in 2003 and the Ed Block Courage Award in 2005 because, in part, of his Will To Succeed foundation.

There is little doubt he will be enshrined in Canton, it is just a matter of when.


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  • kcfirechief

    Wrong just wrong #68 deserves this.

  • berttheclock

    Tis a shame, but, wait until next year. Tough group this year for competition. However, what I would, also, love to see is for him to be inducted into the HOF and be signed by the Chiefs as an assistant coach. He has stated before that he really would like to coach.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    He will get in, but it’s hard for a small market player, playing a fairly anonymous position and not winning or even playing in a Super Bowl.

  • Lyle Graversen

    Career Pro Bowls:
    A. Reed – 7
    M. Strahan – 7
    A. Williams – 8
    W. Jones – 9
    D. Brooks – 11

    Will Shields – 12

    I don’t have any problem with any of those five guys making the Hall of Fame, they’re all good players, but Will Shields shouldn’t have to wait. I mean can anyone actually make an argument that Andre Reed was a better WR than Shields was at guard? I don’t think so.

    • berttheclock

      er, Lyle, as one of Reed’s big games was scoring 3 TDs against the Oilers in the playoff game called “The Comeback” after Buffalo trailed 35-3 in the 2nd half, does this mean T J Hilton is going to be automatic for the HOF for scoring so often against the Chiefs in this year’s playoff game?

  • CrispySBC

    Sorry but I just don’t believe that Will Shield’s isn’t better than several of the other guys who made the HOF … I’m looking at you Strahan. I guess it’s more of a popularity contest than a contest of accomplishments.

  • freshmeat62

    This is Bull S***! Out of the thousands that have played pro ball, Shields is tied w/ 2 others in playing in the most pro bowls. I agree Strahan and Brooks deserve to be in the HOF, but wait their turn. Once again the east coast bias raises it’s ugly head.

    NFL needs to do something about the backlog of deserving players not in yet. W/ only 7 going in each year, that backlog gets longer and longer.

  • berttheclock

    Once again, it becomes hard for a true blue collar fighter in the trenches to receive his due. However, as I was living in Seattle before Walter Jones was picked in the draft, I can attest to how having a solid line can change the direction of a team. The Seahawks were pathetic prior to Jones. Then, they added Steve Hutchinson and the foundation was built for a running and a passing attack. No more did the QB have to go into three step drops and hit his first target or run for his life. Walter Jones well deserved his honor. Will Shields well deserves to follow him into the Hall Of Fame, as well.

    BTW, when Matt Hasslebeck was added to the Seahawks to lead them to their first Super Bowl, I never read one word where he called, either, Walter Jones or Hutchinson, “boring”. I never read one word from Trent Greene calling Willie Roaf or Will Shields, “boring”, either.