2014 Hall of Fame finalists announced: Will Shields among those with Chiefs connections

Kansas City Star McClatchy-Tribune

The Hall of Fame finalists have plenty of connections to Kansas City, including a guard you might remember.

The 2014 Hall of Fame finalists were announced on Thursday, with 15 players, coaches and owners getting the honor.

The major name for fans of the Kansas City Chiefs is guard Will Shields, who for the second time is one of the finalists. Shields is one of the best guards in NFL history, making the All-Pro team eight times and the Pro Bowl in 12 years. Shields also was a man's man off the field, winning the 2003 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award and the 2005 Ed Block Courage Award.

Of the 15 finalists, four of them are in their first time on the ballot, including coach Tony Dungy, linebacker Derrick Brooks, wide receiver Marvin Harrison and left tackle Walter Jones.

Dungy is one of two with the local connection to the Chiefs. Dungy was an assistant coach under Marty Schottenheimer from 1989-91, working with the defensive backs. Morten Anderson kicked for the Chiefs from 2002-03.

The other 11 names remaining on the list are Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Edward Debartolo Jr., Kevin Greene, Charles Haley, John Lynch, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan and Aeneas Williams. The two senior committee finalists are punter Ray Guy and defensive end Claude Humphrey.

Andersen is the only Chiefs connection out of that group, kicking for Kansas City through 2002-03.

So, who should make it and who should keep waiting?

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