Will Shields named Hall of Fame finalist

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Former Kansas City Chiefs great, offensive guard Will Shields, was named one of 15 modern-era finalists for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as announced Thursday night on the NFL Network.

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

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

Shields, a three-time first-team All-Pro, four-time second-team All-Pro and 12-time Pro Bowler, retired in 2006 after 14 NFL seasons, all coming with the Chiefs.

The Chiefs selected Shields out of Nebraska in the third round (74th overall) in the 1993 NFL Draft.

He appeared in 224 consecutive games with the Chiefs and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

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

Since retiring, Shields remains active in the Kansas City community through his “Will to Succeed Foundation,” a non-profit organization that “facilitates programs, provides assistance and resources to individuals, families and other charitable organizations who have little or no access to other aid,” according to the foundation’s official website.

Shields’ commitment to community and off-field work earned him the “Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year” award in 2003.

Meanwhile, Thursday’s announcement marks the third consecutive year Shields has been a modern-era finalist.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 is scheduled to be selected when the Hall’s Selection Committee meets in New York City on Feb. 1.

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, which includes senior nominees.