After never missing a beat — or a game — in 14 seasons with the Chiefs, OL Will Shields will be the team's 2012 inductee into the Chiefs' Hall of Fame, according to team chairman and CEO Clark Hunt.
"On behalf of my family and the entire Chiefs organization, we are extremely proud to announce Will Shields' election into the Chiefs Hall of Fame," Hunt said. "Will was a true 'iron man' — never missing a game in 14 seasons — and his career and character place him among the greatest in Chiefs history."
In regards to his career, Shields ranks first in team history with 224 games played and 223 starts. His 14 seasons with the Chiefs ranks second-highest in team history. During his 14-year NFL career, Shields earned 12 consecutive Pro Bowl appearances from 1995 to 2006, including first-team All-Pro accolades in 2002 and '03. During his time in Kansas City, Larry Johnson and Priest Holmes were able to reach the 1,000-yard mark a combined five times, including Holmes' league-leading 1,555 rushing yards in 2001.
Off of the field, Shields earned the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 2003 for his work through the "Will to Succeed Foundation." Shields established the foundation in 1993, and since its inception, it has benefited more than 100,000 individuals. Shields also earned the Pro Football Weekly Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian of the Year Award, The Sporting News' NFL Good Guy of the Year Award and the Ed Block Courage Award.
Shields will be enshrined during festiviites at Chiefs Alumni Weekend this fall, and will be honored with a halftime ceremony during that weekend's game. He is the 42nd member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame.