Will Shields joins Chiefs HOF – Who Is Next?

Congratulations to Will Shields who was announced over the weekend as the 2012 inductee into the Chiefs Hall of Fame. He will be honored at a home game during the 2012 season and his bust will be placed in the team’s Hall of Honor at Arrowhead Stadium.

Shields is one of the most deserving of inductees to the Chiefs HOF with his 14-year career highlighted by 12 visits to the Pro Bowl and the fact that he never missed a game. From the season opener in 1993 through his retirement after the 2006 season, the Kansas native, Oklahoma bred and Nebraska educated Shields did not miss a game. He played 224 regular season games and 232 games overall, with 231 starts at right guard (plus one at tackle).

Those 12 Pro Bowl selections are tied for sixth in NFL history for the most trips to the league’s all-star game.

Last year, Shields earned a spot in the College Football Hall of Fame and he was one of 15 finalists for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. While he did not immediately gain entrance he will in the next year or two.

Players are eligible for the Chiefs Hall of Fame under the same rules as the Pro Football Hall of Fame – they are eligible five years after their final season in the league.

So who might be next for a spot in the Chiefs HOF? This is one man’s suggestions in the order I think they should gain entry:

RB Marcus Allen – His five seasons with the team (1993-97) parallels the best seasons in franchise history other than the Super Bowl years. The Chiefs were 55-25 during those five seasons and won three division titles. Allen was a key part of the team’s success with his play on the field and his leadership in the locker room. He earned a Pro Bowl trip in 1993 and was voted team MVP by his teammates in 1993 and 1995.

RB Priest Holmes – He will become eligible after the 2012 season and deserves immediate consideration. While he was with the franchise for seven seasons, there was a four-year period (2001-2004) where he was one of the league’s most effective weapons in the league with total offensive yardage production of 2,169, 2,287, 2,110 and 1,079 yards and 76 total touchdowns.

President/GM Carl Peterson – If Marty Schottenheimer is in the team’s Hall of Fame (2010 inductee) then Peterson should be in as well. What Marty got done on the field was directly tied to what C.P. got done off the field, whether it was rebuilding the roster or rebuilding a fan base that became the league’s most rabid. It would prove to be one of the most remarkable success stories in the NFL over the last 25 years. The Chiefs HOF is controlled by team chairman Clark Hunt and he should put aside whatever petty pout he’s developed at the mere mention of Peterson’s name and honor him as he should be for 20 years of football success that looks better and better each year that goes past.

CB Dale Carter – Yes, there’s no question Carter was a handful off-the-field during his time with the Chiefs (1992-98). But there’s also no question that one the field he became one of the league’s best defensive backs, earning four trips to the Pro Bowl in his seven seasons with the team. Carter played in 104 games with 88 starts, picking off 21 total passes, while catching six passes on offense, including a 46-yard TD play. He also returned an interception for a TD and a pair of punt returns for scores.

OT Willie Roaf – History will record most of the big tackle’s accomplishments in the league as a member of the New Orleans Saints; he was one of the greatest players in that franchise’s history. Roaf closed out his career with four seasons (2002-05) playing left tackle with the Chiefs and all he did was reach the Pro Bowl each season. During his time in red and gold Roaf was not in his prime, but 90 percent of him topped just about any other blocker that could be found in the league.

CB Gary Green – The team’s first round draft choice in 1977, he played seven seasons with the team (1977-83), appearing in 100 games with 99 starts. Green had 24 interceptions, including one that he returned for a TD. He ended up getting his ticket punched to the Pro Bowl three times during his time with the Chiefs.

One Response to “Will Shields joins Chiefs HOF – Who Is Next?”

  • March 5, 2012  - johnfromwichita says:

    No doubt in my mind it has to be Priest Holmes. His is the jersey that I wear at Arrowhead. Driving on 435 on gameday you pass a sign that says Holmes Rd. What more do you need?

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