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Denied. Will Shields was eliminated from consideration for the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame when the 15 finalists were voted down to 10.
One of the most decorated Kansas City Chiefs' of all-time, offensive lineman Will Shields, will not be inducted into the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame. Many thought Shields had a chance this year but he will have to wait another year.
HOF finalists eliminated in reduction from 15 to 10: Art Modell, Eddie DeBartolo Jr, Will Shields, Tim Brown, Kevin Greene. #hof2013— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 2, 2013
If you're not going to vote Shields in then you should just go ahead and say that guards can't be voted in on their first year. Shields is as good of an offensive guard candidate as anyone I remember in recent memory.
The Chiefs other nominee was Curley Culp, a senior nominee.
Here are the nominees that made it past the first cut from 15 down to 10:
RT @theredzoneorg: Bettis, Larry Allen, C. Carter,Haley, Ogden, Parcells, Andre Reed, Sapp, Strahan, Aeneas Williams make final 10 HOF— Judy Battista (@judybattista) February 2, 2013
Update: The finalists for the 2013 class have been announced:
Shields was selected by the Chiefs in the third round of the 1993 draft out of the University of Nebraska. He played his entire 14-year NFL career in Kansas City and was a 12-time Pro Bowl selection. He started an amazing 231 straight games for the Chiefs and paved the way for a running attack that consistently ranked among the best in the NFL with Marcus Allen, Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson running the ball.
Shields was also one of the most active players in the community with his 'Will to Succeed' foundation that led him to receiving the 'Walter Payton Man of the Year' award in 2003 and the 'Ed Block Courage Award' in 2005. Two prestigious honors that recognized Shields' efforts in and around the Kansas City community.
The Chiefs won four divisional titles ('93,'95,'97,'03) and had six playoff appearances during Shields' time in Kansas City.
Shields retired after the 2006 season and was inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2012.