There were 79 names on this year’s ballot for the College Football Hall Of Fame, but only 16 made the final cut. Among them is former Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields for his amazing career at Nebraska.
Few Huskers offensive linemen see the field as true freshmen, but Shields logged nine games in his first season. He went on to earn all-conference honors in each of his final three years, becoming just the sixth Nebraska lineman to do so.
Shields’ college career culminated with a spectacular senior season. He became the fifth Nebraska player to earn the Outland Trophy and was selected a consensus All-American and a semifinalist for the Lombardi Trophy. How good was Shields in 1992? He even received votes for Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year.
In 1990 Shields became the first Nebraska offensive lineman since Dave Rimington to earn first-team all-conference honors. He earned second-team All-America honors the next season, and Nebraska claimed national rushing titles in three of his four seasons at the school.
After seeing former teammate Willie Roaf get denied entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I’m not so sure that Shields will get in when he is eligible next year. That uncertainty makes this honor all that more sweeter.
Sure, he’ll be overshadowed by Deion Sanders and Eddie George but Shields is just as worthy of his spot in this class as anyone.
Congratulations to one of the best guards to ever play the game!