Will Shields. . .
STREAKS AND MILESTONES: Started 223 consecutive games dating back to a contest at Houston (9/12/93), the longest streak in the Chief's team history since ‘68. Will appeared in 224 straight games; the only game he did not start as a Chief was the very first one that he played in.
2002: Started all 16 games at right guard ... Was selected to his eighth consecutive Pro Bowl, the longest streak by an offensive player in franchise history ... Earned first-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press and Football Digest ... Was also an All-Pro pick of The Sporting News and was an All-NFL and All-AFC selection of Pro Football Weekly ... Part of a Kansas City offense that led the league in scoring with team-record 467 points and set another franchise mark with 6,000 yards of total offense ... Started his 145th consecutive game vs. Jacksonville (9/15) to bypass Emmitt Thomas (144) for the longest streak in Chiefs annals since ‘68 ... Started his 159th game at Oakland (12/28) to tie Len Dawson for the third-highest total of career starts in team history.
2001: Started all 16 games at right guard ... Was selected to the Pro Bowl for the seventh straight season ... Was named second-team All-NFL by the College and Pro Football Newsweekly ... Pushed his streak of consecutive games played to 144 and his starting streak to 143 contests ... A key member of the offensive line that helped RB Priest Holmes win the NFL rushing title with 1,555 yards.
2000: Captained the Chiefs offense along with Tim Grunhard ... Started 15 games at right guard and one game at left tackle ... Was selected to play in his sixth straight Pro Bowl ... Filled in at left tackle when starter John Tait left the game with an injury at New England (12/4). It was his second career action at tackle. He filled in at right tackle at Cleveland (9/24/95) when injuries sidelined John Alt and Jeff Criswell ... Made his 125th consecutive start and his first NFL start at left tackle vs. Carolina (12/10) in place of Tait ... Returned to his starting spot at right guard vs. Denver (12/17) ... Kansas City tied a franchise record by not permitting a sack in those three consecutive contests vs. the Patriots, Panthers and Broncos with Shields seeing substantial action at left tackle in two of those games.
1999: Started all 16 games at right guard and was named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth consecutive year ... Was a first-team All-Pro selection of The Sporting News ... A major contributor to the Chiefs ground game which ranked fourth in the NFL, averaging 130.1 yards per game ... Part of an offensive line that allowed just 26.0 sacks, the fourth-lowest total in the league ... Captained the offense vs. Denver (9/19), vs. Detroit (9/26) and at San Diego (10/3) ... Made his 100th consecutive start at right guard vs. New England (10/10) ... Captained the offense along with Dave Szott at Tampa Bay (11/14).
1998: Started 16 games at right guard, earning Pro Bowl honors for a fourth straight year ... Got his first career reception in the third quarter of the monsoon game vs. Seattle (10/4), hauling in a Rich Gannon pass that was batted back at the line of scrimmage for a four-yard gain.
1997: Started all 16 regular season games and earned a third straight Pro Bowl appearance ... Received first-team All-NFL honors from College and Pro Football Newsweekly and second-team recognition from Football Digest ... Was a first-team All-AFC pick of Football News ... Part of a Kansas City offensive line which helped the Chiefs roll up 135.7 rushing yards per game to rank fourth in the AFC and fifth in the NFL, marking the third straight season the club was among the league’s top five rushing offenses ... Started in the playoffs vs. Denver (1/4/98), his sixth postseason appearance.
1996: Started all 16 games at right guard ... Earned his second straight berth in the Pro Bowl, his first as a starter ... Became the first Kansas City guard to appear in back-to-back AFC-NFC Pro Bowls since Ed Budde in ’71 and ’72 ... Was a first-team All-AFC selection of both UPI and Pro Football Weekly ... Helped the Chiefs average 125.6 rushing yards per game, the league’s fourth-best total.
1995: Made his first Pro Bowl appearance and was named first-team All-NFL by USA Today and Sports Illustrated ... Started all 16 regular season contests at right guard, in addition to the club’s playoff tilt ... A pivotal part of a Chiefs offensive line which cleared a path for the NFL’s top rushing offense, marking the first time in franchise history that Kansas City had ever led the league in that category ... That same offensive line was also proficient in protecting the passer, allowing an AFC-low 21.0 sacks ... Opened at right guard at Cleveland (9/24), but injuries to starting tackles John Alt and Jeff Criswell forced him to step in at the right tackle spot despite never previously taking a snap at that position.
1994: Started all 16 regular season games, plus one playoff contest at right guard ... Was a key reason the Chiefs permitted just 19.0 sacks, the fewest in Kansas City history and the third-fewest in the NFL in ’94.
1993: Played in all 16 games (15 starts) at right guard as a rookie ... Also started three playoff contests ... His 18 combined starts were the most ever by a Chiefs rookie ... Named to almost every all-rookie squad, including Pro Football Weekly, Football News and Football Digest ... Earned the club’s Mack Lee Hill Award, the team’s most prestigious rookie honor ... Saw his first pro action at right guard when Dave Szott, the team’s starting left guard, suffered a knee injury in the season opener at Tampa Bay (9/5) and starting right guard Danny Villa took Szott’s spot ... The following week at Houston (9/12), Villa moved to left guard and Shields began his starting streak at right guard.
College bio: Was a rare three-time All-Big Eight choice ... Became the second Outland Trophy winner to ever play for the Chiefs (Bobby Bell, ’62) ... Was also a finalist for the Lombardi Trophy in ’92 ... Was a first team All-America selection of the AP, Football News, Walter Camp and Kodak and a consensus All-Big Eight choice as a senior ... Was a second-team All-America pick by the AP, as well as a first-team All-Big Eight choice as a junior ... The first Husker lineman since C Dave Rimington (’80) to earn conference first-team honors as a sophomore ... Became the first player from the state of Oklahoma to play for the Huskers ... Holds a Communications degree from Nebraska.
Will: Nebraska Husker
High School Bio:
Was an all-state choice at Lawton High School in Lawton, Oklahoma ... Selected state Lineman of the Year by the Daily Oklahoman ... Lettered three years as an offensive guard and defensive tackle ... Was also a
member of the track squad.