You can tell Will Shields is a great guy when many of the best stories about him are ones of him off the field. The former Walter Payton Man of the Year winner was elected as a finalist for the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame once again. He has been eligible for four years. See the full list of finalists here.
The reactions to Shields as a finalist can be seen below.
BJ Kissel of KCChiefs.com: Of the 11 modern-era guards in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, no one has played in more career games at the guard position than Shields.
Randy Covitz of the KC Star: This year could be Shields' best chance at election ... A year ago, Shields advanced from the pool of 15 modern-era candidates to the next group of 10, but he didn't make the last cut to five candidates.
Adam Teicher of ESPN: Shields played for great teams in the 1990s that fell just short of reaching the Super Bowl. Had his teams won more playoff games and reached a Super Bowl, Shields would likely be a member of the Hall of Fame already.
Will Shields started franchise-record 223 consecutive games for #Chiefs during 14-year career (1993-2006) w/12 straight Pro Bowls.— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) January 9, 2015
Glad to see both Will Shields and Morten Anderson make the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame... 2 of best humans I have met— Marc Boerigter (@mboerigter) January 9, 2015
RT @ryan_a_jones: Should Will Shields be in the HOF? … Absolutely yes. this could be his year.— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) January 7, 2015
Why is the consensus that Orlando Pace is a better finalist candidate than Will Shields?— Spencer Burns (@SPBurns20) January 9, 2015
Growing up, Will Shields was always my favorite player. Speaks to how dominant he was that a 9 year old's favorite player was an o-lineman— Jayden Bowen (@JaydenBowen) January 9, 2015
Hard to argue with Shields' accolades, but one thing he has going against him is there are only 7 true guards in the #HOF. 13 total (1/2).— Chiefs 101 (@Chiefs_101) January 9, 2015