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Shields Among NFL Hall of Fame Finalists

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska and Kansas City Chief great Will Shields has been named one of 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Shields and the other finalists will be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the Hall's Selection Committee meets next month in New Orleans. This marks the second consecutive year Shields has been a finalist for the Hall of Fame.

The 15 modern-era finalists were chosen by the Hall's Selection Committee from a list of 127 nominees that earlier was reduced to 27 semifinalists. To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists for 2013 include: Larry Allen (G/T), Tim Brown (WR), Cris Carter (WR), Curley Culp (DT/G), Edward DeBartolo Jr. (owner), Kevin Greene (LB), Charles Haley (DE), Art Modell (owner), Jonathan Ogden (OT), Bill Parcells (coach), Andre Reed (WR), Dave Robinson (LB), Warren Sapp (DT), Will Shields (G), Michael Strahan (DE) and Aeneas Williams (CB).

The class of 2013 will be determined on Saturday, Feb. 2 in New Orleans, the day before Super Bowl XLVII. The class of 2013 will be officially enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 3 in Canton, Ohio.

Shields was a 2011 indicutee into the College Football Hall of Fame and would become the fourth Husker in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He could also join Guy Chamberlin and Bob Brown as the only Nebraska players in both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

A consensus All-American and a Lombardi Award semifinalist as a senior in 1992, Shields is one of only six Husker linemen to earn all-conference honors for three straight seasons. As a senior, Shields received votes for Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year and earned All-America honors from Kodak, AP, UPI, Walter Camp and Football News.

During his junior campaign, he was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Eight team and a second-team All-American, helping the Huskers rank first in the conference in rushing offense and total offense.

Shields became the second offensive lineman to play as a true freshman in 1989, appearing in nine games. In his second year, Shields became the first sophomore lineman since College Football Hall of Famer Dave Rimington to earn first-team all-conference honors for NU, helping the Huskers lead the Big Eight in scoring, rushing and total offense.  Shields' No. 75 Nebraska jersey was retired at the 1994 Spring Game, one of 17 Nebraska retired jerseys.

Following his collegiate career, Shields was selected by the Chiefs in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft. He spent 14 seasons as one of the most dominant offensive linemen in the NFL until retiring after the 2006 season. Shields earned a spot in 12 Pro Bowls and started more than 200 straight games in his brilliant professional career.

Shields was also one of the most active volunteers and community leaders in the NFL. He is the co-founder of the Will to Succeed Foundation with his wife, Senia. The foundation was organized to guide, inspire and improve the lives of abused and neglected women and children. For his remarkable work with charitable and community organizations, Shields was named the NFL Man of the Year in 2003.



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