Will Shields – 223 straight starts
"“To me, that was the biggest piece; being accountable to the guys you were playing with. You wanted to perform at a high level, and (by playing in every game) you got a chance to do that.” – Will Shields"
Will Shields was the consummate iron man. One of the most consistently great players at his position, Shields made it to 12 straight Pro Bowls from 1995 to 2006. Even 14 seasons later, this is still the Kansas City Chiefs record and the third-most Pro Bowl selections of all time. He was also named either First Team or Second Team All Pro six times, not too shabby for a third round pick.
Shields is known in part for his dominance as one of the league’s best guards during his career. Throughout his entire career, the Chiefs averaged in the top 10 in rushing yards and were in the top six in eight of those seasons. He was a key cog in the offensive line that produced one of greatest stretches for a running back in NFL history in Priest Holmes‘ 2001, 2002, and 2003 seasons.
Shields is also known for his sheer determination to never take a day off. He never missed a single game in his career, playing in 224 and starting with his second game, he never missed a start. To this day this streak remains sixth all-time for all positions and fourth all-time for non-quarterbacks.
Many times, records like this seem to go unnoticed. Sure, it’s impressive but how many touchdowns did he score, how many interceptions did he have, etc? These are the records that usually draw our attention.
In truth though, football is a game of inches and each one of those inches is fought for tooth and nail by the players in the trenches. For an offensive lineman to have the toughness to play 223 games straight, in arguably a much more physical NFL than that of today, that is an incredible feat and one that lands him on the list of greatest Kansas City Chiefs achievements of all time.