Will Shields: Twitter Reacts To Chiefs Guard’s Hall Of Fame Selection


Jan 31, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees pose at a press conference to introduce the 2015 class at Symphony Hall. From left: Jerome Bettis and Tim Brown and Charles Haley and Bill Polian and Tyler Seau (representing father Junior Seau) and Will Shields and Mick Tingelhoff and Ron Wolf. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Will Shields, a guard plucked in the third round of the 1993 draft, was listed as a backup in his first NFL game; he started in the 223 that followed.

Saturday night, the NFL announced that in his fourth year of eligibility the 12-time Pro Bowler will finally be inducted into the Hall of Fame—an honor long overdue.

When asked about Shields, former Kansas City Chiefs GM Carl Peterson put the guard’s dominance into context, telling The Kansas City Star‘s Randy Covitz:

"“NFL Films miked Ray Lewis during the game, and Ray Lewis is coming out and screaming at the other defensive players, ‘Why can’t we stop them? I’ve got two, three guys blocking me. … Somebody has to be able to make the tackle!’“The truth was, he didn’t have two or three guys blocking him. He had one guy most of the time. It was Will Shields and sometimes it was Brian Waters on the other side. But Will Shields that night owned Ray Lewis.”"

As expected, the football community (local and otherwise), amongst others, showed its support via Twitter.

The NFL:

The Chiefs:

Former Chiefs quarterback Rich Gannon:

Former player, scout and current NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks:

Comedian Larry the Cable Guy:

Former columnist for The Kansas City Star, Joe Posnanski:

Former columnist for The Kansas City Star and current sportswriter for ESPN, Jason Whitlock:

Play-by-play announcer for the Chiefs, Mitch Holthus:

From Brian Waters to Willie Roaf, the Chiefs own a rich history of offensive line play.

But while the former ultimately left the club and the latter did the opposite, Shields, a native of Fort Riley, Kansas, remains in Kansas City to this day.

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