Former Chiefs guard Will Shields will be honored as the Walter Camp 2010 Man of the Year recognizing his success and leadership on the field as well as contributions to public service in the community. Last year’s winner was John Elway while Roger Staubach, Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus are among those honored over the years.
Shields told the Kansas City Star that it’s an award he will be honored to accept.
“It’s an honor just to be in the same breath as some of those players who have accomplished so much on and off the field,” Shields said. “Those are guys who had brilliant careers both pre-pro football and post-pro football, so just to be in the same light as those guys is very humbling.
“It’s a simple fact of saying, you’ve done good things at each level. Of course, you’re always chasing that elusive (Super Bowl) ring, but being a guy who never got a chance to get one of those pretty rings, at least your talents and different things that you’ve done are still enough to be honored. That’s a good thing.”
“Will Shields’ remarkable longevity and success on the football field is quite impressive, but his care and devotion for others clearly symbolizes the life of Walter Camp and makes him an admirable recipient of the Man of the Year Award,” said foundation president Alphonse Paolillo Jr.
“On behalf of my family and the entire Chiefs organization, we congratulate Will on receiving this prestigious honor,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “We are very proud of Will’s hall-of-fame achievements during his 14-year NFL playing career – all of which were with the Chiefs – but we are just as proud of the character and integrity with which he continues to conduct himself off the field. It is a tremendous honor, and Will is a deserving recipient.”
Shields will join all 2010 major award winners and members of the 2010 Walter Camp All-America team at the organization’s 44th annual national awards banquet on Jan. 15 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.
Hard to come up with a Kansas City player more deserving of this honor than Shields, which is saying a lot considering how much work the entire Chiefs family has done and continues to do in the community.
The Overland Park resident, along with his wife and children, made sure to keep giving back long after he retired. Again that’s something that too many players forget to do once their playing days are in the rear view mirror. Just because you are no longer going out as a team to help the people that live in your community doesn’t mean there isn’t still a lot of work to do and the “Will To Succeed” Foundation is the perfect example of how to do things the right way.
Well deserved and congratulations!