Chiefs’ Will Shields named Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist

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G Will Shields (68) in pass protection. Photo used with permission from Chiefs PR. Credit: KCChiefs.com

G Will Shields (68) in pass protection. Photo used with permission from Chiefs PR. Credit: KCChiefs.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Former Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard Will Shields once again finds himself among 15 modern-era finalists for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as announced Thursday night on the NFL Network.

This marks the fourth straight year Shields has been a modern-era finalist.

Shields, who played collegiately at Nebraska, turned in a remarkable 14-year career in Kansas City after the Chiefs selected him in the third round (74th overall) in the 1993 NFL Draft.

He appeared in 223 consecutive games with the Chiefs and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Shields retired in 2006 with the Chiefs after a decorated career that resulted in Shields being a three-time first-team All-Pro selection, a four-time second-team All-Pro selection and a 12-time Pro Bowl selection.

The Chiefs inducted him as the 42nd member of the franchise’s Hall of Fame in 2012.

Shields, whose dedication to community during his playing days earned him the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award in 2003, remains active in Kansas City with his Will to Succeed Foundation.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee will meet Jan. 31 in Phoenix to select the select the Class of 2015.

In order for Shields to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he’ll need a “minimum positive vote of 80 percent,” according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s official website.

Click here to view the complete list of finalists.