“On and Off the Playing Field”
Will Shields, right guard, played his entire career (1993-2006) with the Kansas City Chiefs. He started all but one game (his first regular season outing as a rookie) in his illustrious 14-year NFL career, totaling 230 consecutive starts. With 12 Pro Bowl appearances, a Chiefs team record, Shields was arguably the finest player at his position and was regarded by many as the NFL’s top offensive lineman.
Graduating from the University of Nebraska, Shields was selected in the third round (74th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He was the mainstay in the Chiefs’ lineup since his initial NFL start against the Houston Oilers on September 12, 1993, giving him the longest active streak of any Chiefs player, when he retired he had the second longest consecutive starting streak in the NFL behind Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers.
Shields, a mild-mannered, humble performer, anchored the Chiefs offensive line that consistently led the team to a top five finish in rushing offense. He was an instinctive performer who could out-smart, out-maneuver, or simply overpower opponents.
Shields was an asset both on the field and in the Kansas City community. Even with his highly decorated tenure, he was a true team player who put the good of the whole team ahead of his own personal gain. Shields was one of the team’s most active players in the Kansas City community, participating in numerous charitable projects, and he was the recipient of the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2003 for his ongoing work in the Will to Succeed Foundation, the charitable organization he started in 1993.
Shields Will to succeed foundation has numerous honors for philanthropic work in the Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
On and off the field Highlights
14 Year NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs
12 NFL pro bowls (NFL ALL Star Game)
NFL All Decade Team
2003 NFL Walter Payton Man-of-The-Year Award (Community service award)
1992 College Football Outland trophy winner (Best College Linemen Award)
Oklahoma High School Defensive Player of the year
Missouri Sports Hall Of Fame
2016 University Of Nebraska Sports Hall Of Fame
Walter Camp Man Of The Year
2011 College Football Foundation Hall Of Fame
2012 Kansas City Chiefs Hall Of Fame
2015 Pro Football Hall Of Fame
2019 Oklahoma sports Hall of fame