Will Shields Makes List Of 15 Hall Of Fame Finalist
By Ben Nielsen
Is this the year Will Shields finally gets his Hall of Fame due?
Shields made the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s final list for the fourth straight year on Thursday, and this may be his best chance to be enshrined. The final selection will be made on January 31, the day before the Super Bowl.
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The other fourteen finalist feature only one ‘sure thing’ as a selection. Junior Seau, who was a 12-time Pro Bowler and one of the best linebackers of all-time, poses the only threat of being a definitively better player than Shields. After that things get a bit shaky when trying to make an argument for why Shields shouldn’t go in over the other players.
Here’s the other 13 players:
Kicker Morten Anderson (former Chiefs player, among other teams), quarterback Kurt Warner, offensive lineman Orlando Pace, running backs Jerome Bettis and Terrell Davis, wide receivers Tim Brown and Marvin Harrison, outside linebackers Kevin Greene and Charles Haley, safety John Lynch, and coaches Tony Dungy, Jimmy Johnson, and Don Coryell.
Among the players, who can we honestly say was better than Shields? This has to be the year he gets in.
There is one more cutdown from 15 to 10 before the selections are made but Shields should easily be able to pass through that process. A maximum of five candidates can be selected for the Hall of Fame by the committee.
A 12-time Pro Bowler, Shields started a team-record 223 consecutive games for the Chiefs. His 12 Pro Bowls are tied for the most ever for an offensive lineman and is five more than his biggest offensive line competition, Pace.