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Will Shields
Jersey #(s)
Born September 15, 1971 (1971-09-15) (age 38)
Fort Riley, Kansas
Career information
Year(s) 19932006
NFL Draft 1993 / Round: 3 / Pick: 74
College Nebraska
Professional teams
Career stats
Games played 224
Games started 223
Fumble recoveries 9
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Will Herthie Shields (born September 15, 1971 in Fort Riley, Kansas) is a former American football offensive guard. He attended the University of Nebraska and played his entire NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs.


College career

Shields played at Nebraska from 1989 through 1992. Shields was a consensus first team All-American and Outland Trophy winner during his final year at Nebraska. He is one of seven Nebraska players to win the Outland Trophy. In 1999 he was selected to the Nebraska All-Century Football Team via fan poll and to the All-Century Nebraska football team by Gannett News Service. In 2002 he was named to the Athlon Sports Nebraska All-Time Team. He is one of only sixteen Cornhuskers to have his jersey retired by the team.

Collegiate All-Century team

In 1999 Shields was selected as an offensive guard to the Walter Camp Football Foundation College Football All Century Team. The other offensive guards selected were John Hannah of Alabama, Aaron Taylor of Nebraska, Brad Budde of USC, Dean Steinkuhler of Nebraska and Jim Parker of Ohio State. Shields was one of six Nebraska Cornhuskers selected to this team; the others being Johnny Rodgers, Dave Rimington, Steinkuhler, Tommie Frazier and Taylor.

NFL career

Shields was the third-round (74th overall) pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1993 NFL Draft. Beginning with a September 12, 1993 game against the Houston Oilers, he was in the Chiefs' starting lineup for every game, a team record and the second longest consecutive starting streak in the NFL behind Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers. He started in 230 straight games including playoff games. He went to the Pro Bowl every year since from 1995 to 2006, a total of 12, a Chiefs team record. He was an important part in the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line that consistently led the team to a top 5 finish in rushing offense.

Shields blocked for Marcus Allen, Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson during his career. He had blocked for 1,000 yard rushers for five seasons. He blocked for 4,000 yard passers for five seasons while Elvis Grbac did it in 2000 and Trent Green in 2003, 2004, and 2005. In fourteen seasons, Shields never missed a game, and he failed to start only one contest, his first regular-season outing, as a rookie in 1993. [1]

In 2003 Shields was the recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, for his work in The "Will to Succeed" Foundation, the charitable organization he started in 1993. On April 15, 2007 following 14 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, he announced his retirement from football.

Will currently owns and operates 68 Inside Sports, a gymnasium and sports facility, in Overland Park, Kansas. Shields is married with his wife Senia, they have one daughter, Sanayika (14), and two sons, Shavon (13) and Soloman (9). The Shields family resides in Overland Park , Kansas.


  1. ^ Pasquarelli, Len. Chiefs guard Shields, a twelve-time Pro Bowler, retires, 15 April 2007.

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Preceded by
Steve Emtman
Outland Trophy Winners
Succeeded by
Rob Waldrop
Preceded by
Troy Vincent
Walter Payton Man of the Year Award
Succeeded by
Warrick Dunn

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