Will Shields Enters College Hall of Fame

From a national ballot of 79 candidates and a pool of hundreds of eligible nominees, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, announced Tuesday the 16-person class of 2011 for induction into the Hall.

That group includes former Nebraska and Chiefs G Will Shields. Before he was the Chiefs third-round draft choice in 1993, Shields was a three-time All-Big Eight Conference pick and winner of the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman in the college game.

He played in 223 games with 222 consecutive starts over 14 seasons with the Chiefs. Shields retired after the 2006 season. The Overland Park resident will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame next year with the class of 2012.

Another former member of the Chiefs was part of the class: DT Rob Waldrop, a 1994 fifth-round draft choice out of Arizona. Waldrop spent one year with the Chiefs before moving on to great success in the Canadian Football League.

Along with Shields and Waldrop, the rest of the 2011 College Hall of Fame class were: WR Carlos Alvarez (Florida), DT Doug English (Texas), FB Bill Enyart (Oregon State), RB Eddie George (Ohio State), DT Marty Lyons (Alabama), DT Russell Maryland (Miami), CB Deion Sanders (Florida State), S Jake Scott (Georgia), QB Sandy Stephens (Minnesota), LB Darryl Talley (West Virginia), HB Clendon Thomas (Oklahoma) and WR Gene Washington (Michigan State). Also part of the class are former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr and former Air Force.

Induction ceremonies will be held in December.

WILL SHIELDS

University of Nebraska/Offensive Guard, 1989-92

A powerful road grader, Will Shields set himself apart as a highly decorated offensive guard for College Football Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne. He becomes the 15th College Football Hall of Fame inductee from Nebraska.

A unanimous All-American in 1992, Shields won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman. A three-time First Team All-Big Eight selection, he was also a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award. A major contributor to three NCAA rushing champions, he led Nebraska to back-to-back Big Eight crowns as a junior and a senior. He appeared in four bowl games as the Cornhuskers amassed an impressive 37-10-1 record in his four years in Lincoln.

Shields was a third-round selection in the 1993 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He played 14 seasons for the Chiefs, never missed a game, and started 223 of his 224 career games. He holds a franchise record with 12 Pro Bowl appearances and was named a First Team All-Pro in 2002 and 2003. He was also awarded the 2003 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.

Shields founded the Will to Succeed Foundation in 1993. He is also a member of several boards in the Kansas City area and serves as the spokesperson for multiple local charities. He was a member of the NFL-USO tour to the Persian Gulf in 2007 and was the 2005 Kansas City Philanthropic Award winner. Shields lives in Overland Park, Kan., with his wife, Senia, and their three children.

ROB WALDROP

University of Arizona/Defensive Lineman, 1990-93

A fierce cornerstone of the “Desert Swarm” defense, Arizona’s Rob Waldrop dominated the awards circuit his final year in Tucson, claiming the Bednarik, Nagurski and Outland trophies. He becomes the third Wildcat player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Waldrop garnered consensus All-America honors as a junior in 1992 and claimed unanimous All-America accolades as a senior. A two-time First Team All-Pac-10 selection, Waldrop was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 and won the Morris Trophy as the league’s best defensive lineman as a junior. Waldrop and the Desert Swarm defense set a Pac-10 record by limiting opposing offenses to 30.1 rushing yards per game. With 171 career tackles, 22.5 sacks and 45 TFL, Waldrop aided Arizona to three bowl games, capping his career with a 29-0 blanking of No. 10 Miami in the Fiesta Bowl.

Drafted in the fifth round by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1994, Waldrop played one season in the NFL before enjoying considerable success in the Canadian Football League. He played on two championship squads and was twice named to the Canadian Defensive All-Pro Team.

A decorated police officer, Waldrop created “Every Dog Has a Day” which raises money for K9s throughout the greater Tucson area. The University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame member completed his degree with a BA in psychology from the University of Arizona in 2004. He currently works in law enforcement in Los Angeles County.


One Response to “Will Shields Enters College Hall of Fame”

  • May 17, 2011  - Rob says:

    will shields was a class act, a beast of a player and one of the most influential off the field players (community) in chiefs history.

    Bob do you think he deserves consideration for the nfl hall? Wasn’t it like 12 probowls?

    I’m a big fan of will shields and his contributions to kansas city.




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