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Former Chiefs guard Will Shields is Hall of Fame finalist

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at 8:42 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.

Former Chiefs guard Will Shields is one of 15 modern-day finalists announced Thursday night for selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

It is the third straight year Shields has been a modern-era finalist since he became eligible for the Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2014 will be selected when the 44-person Board of Selectors meets Feb. 1, the day before the Super Bowl, outside New York. The board will also vote on two senior nominees — punter Ray Guy and defensive end Claude Humphrey — who were nominated by the Hall of Fame’s Senior Selection Committee.

The 15 modern-era candidates include four first-time eligible candidates: former Indianapolis wide receiver Marvin Harrison, Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks, Seattle offensive tackle Walter Jones and Indianapolis/Tampa Bay coach Tony Dungy.

The other modern-era candidates are: Rams and Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown, 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., linebacker Kevin Greene, San Francisco and Dallas defensive end Charles Haley, Bills wide receiver Andre Reed, Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, Cardinals and Rams defensive back Aeneas Williams, kicker Morten Andersen (who spent 2002-03 with the Chiefs), and Tampa Bay and Denver safety John Lynch.

At least four and no more than seven candidates will be elected and inducted in August as members of the Hall of Fame’s 52nd class.

Shields, a third-round draft pick by the Chiefs in 1993, never missed a game in his 14-year career. He appeared in 224 games, including 223 consecutive starts until his retirement after the 2006 season.

Shields, who was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2012, was selected to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 2000s.

He also was honored as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, the league’s most prestigious honor for performances on the field and contributions to the community off the field, in 2003, when the Chiefs finished 13-3 and won the AFC West.

To reach Randy Covitz, call 816-234-4796 or send email to rcovitz@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/randycovitz.

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