Former Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame starting next year, though he may get into another prestigious Hall first. Shields is one of 79 players on the ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Shields was a consensus first-team All-America guard and 1992 Outland Trophy winner. Shields helped lead the Huskers to three NCAA rushing titles before starting his long career with the Kansas City Chiefs.
To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been a first-team All-American, played at least 10 years ago and cannot be currently playing pro football.
There is a chance he gets passed over for the Pro Football Hall of Fame — similar to the way former teammate Willie Roaf was this season — but it’s hard to imagine Shields doesn’t get in on the first collegiate ballot.
It will be a well deserved honor for one of the best guards I was ever lucky enough to see play the game.