This is the third straight season the guard has made it to the final vote.
Considering he’s already come up short, I wouldn’t rule it out happening again, despite Shields owning a HOF resume.
In addition to being a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s and the College Football Hall of Fame, Shields started every game in his career and was selected to the Pro Bowl 12 times.
The only other offensive lineman among the finalists is first-year nominee Walter Jones, who also should be a no-brainer. The former Seattle Seahawk was a Pro Bowler nine times and All-Pro seven times.
Shields isn’t the only former Chiefs player to make the cut. Kicker Morten Andersen, who made 38 of 48 field goals during his two seasons in Kansas City, seemed like a bit of a long shot to make it this far. To me he was always very good, but the compiled stats made him appear better than he was.
The rest of the finalists are linebacker Derrick Brooks, head coach Tony Dungy, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, defensive end Michael Strahan, defensive end Charles Haley, defensive end Kevin Green, wide receiver Andre Reed, running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, safety John Lynch, cornerback Aeneas Williams and owner Edward DeBartolo Jr.
The fate of Shields and the other 14 finalists will be determined by the 46-member selection committee on February 1 in New York. A player will need a minimum of 80 percent of the vote for induction and here’s hoping one of the best guards to ever play the game will get the call.