If former Kansas City Chiefs tackle Willie Roaf is going to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year — his second eligible — there’s a chance another former Chief joins him. All told there are six players or coaches with ties to Kansas City that are among the 2012 Modern Era nominees:
Albert Lewis, Nick Lowery, Roaf, Marty Schottenheimer, Will Shields and Dick Vermeil are all eligible to be enshrined.
Of the group, Shields should be a no brainer. He has a resume built for the Hall of Fame: 12 time Pro Bowler, 9 times All-Pro and named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s. Though after seeing Roaf get passed over last year, it’s hard to believe there are any guarantees when it comes to the voting process.
Schottenheimer has missed out in the past and with him still coaching in the UFL there could be questions about his future plans. If voters believe he could try to make another run at an NFL job that could hurt his chances. Considering he is one of the league’s all-time winningest coaches with 200 victories, Marty should get a good long look.