Being one of the best offensive lineman to ever play in the NFL was good enough for two players to get elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, but one of them wasn’t former Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields.
While tackles Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen received enough support to be in the next class honored in Canton, Shields came up short for the second straight season. The guard made it to the 15 finalists, but couldn’t make the cut from 15 to 10.
Shields needed 80 percent of the vote to be enshrined, but somehow fell short. Clearly a resume that included 12 trips to the Pro Bowl, being named All-Pro nine times and a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s wasn’t enough.
Luckily the folks over at the College Football Hall of Fame aren’t nearly as clueless and have already made Shields a member. This past season he also joined the Chiefs Hall of Fame.
If for some reason Shields was a victim of voters not wanting to put three offensive linemen into the Hall of Fame in the same class, hopefully this clears a path for him next year. He was one of the best guards to ever put on a helmet and he deserves to be immortalized.