Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Entering the Hall: Will Shields
By Adam Rittenberg
It's time to look at another new member of College Football's Hall of Fame ...
Will Shields, G, Nebraska, 1989-92
Nebraska has produced its share of exceptional offensive linemen, and Shields finished his Huskers career as one of the best to ever come through Lincoln. He made history by leaving his home state of Oklahoma for the hated Huskers -- Shields was Nebraska's first scholarship player from the Sooner State -- and flourished for a program defined by its option offense.
Few Huskers offensive linemen see the field as true freshmen, but Shields logged nine games in his first season. He went on to earn all-conference honors in each of his final three years, becoming just the sixth Nebraska lineman to do so.
Shields' college career culminated with a spectacular senior season. He became the fifth Nebraska player to earn the Outland Trophy and was selected a consensus All-American and a semifinalist for the Lombardi Trophy. How good was Shields in 1992? He even received votes for Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year.
In 1990 Shields became the first Nebraska offensive lineman since Dave Rimington to earn first-team all-conference honors. He earned second-team All-America honors the next season, and Nebraska claimed national rushing titles in three of his four seasons at the school.
A third-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993, Shields went on to start 231 consecutive games and reach 12 straight Pro Bowls, earning nine All-Pro selections. Nebraska retired his No. 75 jersey in 1994.
A success story both on and off the field, Shields certainly deserves this honor as he becomes the fifth Nebraska offensive lineman elected to the Hall of Fame.