Will Shields

American football player (born 1971)

American football player
Will Shields
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Shields at Whiteman Air Force Base in 2014
No. 68
Personal information
Born: (1971-09-15) September 15, 1971 (age 52)
Fort Riley, Kansas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school:Lawton (Lawton, Oklahoma)
NFL draft:1993 / Round: 3 / Pick: 74
Career history
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1993–2006)
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:224
Games started:223
Fumbles recovered:9
Player stats at PFR
Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame

Will Herthie Shields (born September 15, 1971) is an American former professional football player who was an offensive guard in the National Football League (NFL) for 14 seasons. He played college football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, earning consensus All-American honors and winning the Outland Trophy. Shields played his entire, 14-year professional career with the Kansas City Chiefs and never missed a game. Shields was selected to 12 Pro Bowls, was a 3× First-Team All-Pro, a 4x Second-Team All-Pro, and was selected to the NFL 2000's All-Decade Team. He won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award in the 2003 season, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

Early life

Shields was born in Fort Riley, Kansas.[1] He graduated from Lawton High School in Lawton, Oklahoma,[2] where he played for the Lawton Wolverines high school football team. As a junior in 1987, he and fellow juniors Dewell Brewer, Butch Huskey, Kelly Stinnett and James Trapp won an Oklahoma state championship.[3]

College career

While attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Shields played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team 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 eight Cornhuskers 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 16 Cornhuskers to have his jersey retired by the 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.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 2+14 in
(1.89 m)
304 lb
(138 kg)
34+38 in
(0.87 m)
10+38 in
(0.26 m)
5.21 s 1.77 s 2.99 s 4.60 s 26.0 in
(0.66 m)
8 ft 7 in
(2.62 m)
18 reps
All values from NFL Combine[4]

Shields was the third-round (74th overall) pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1993 NFL draft,[5] after signing now Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren to be his agent.[6] Shields played for the Chiefs from 1993 to 2006.[7] 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 at the time, the second longest active consecutive starting streak in the NFL behind Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers. He started 231 straight games (including playoffs) at the right guard position; an NFL record. He went to the Pro Bowl every year from 1995 to 2006, a total of 12, a Chiefs team record, and having played in all of them, he is tied with Champ Bailey and Randall McDaniel for most Pro Bowls played.[8] 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 14 seasons, Shields never missed a game, and he failed to start only one contest, his first regular-season outing, as a rookie in 1993.[9] On April 15, 2007, following 14 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, he announced his retirement from football.[9]

Life after football

Shields currently works for NFL Legends as Community Central South Director. Shields is married to his wife Senia (a native of Denmark);[10] they have one daughter, Sanayika, and two sons, Shavon and Solomon. The Shields family resides in Stillwell, Kansas. Shavon played basketball for the University of Nebraska and currently plays professionally in Italy for Olimpia Milano, while Sanayika is a former basketball player for Drury University who is now an Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics Resident at Indiana University. Solomon is starting his film career writing and directing documentaries.



  1. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Will Shields. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Will Shields Archived March 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  3. ^ Hersom, Bob (May 8, 2006). "Stinnett proud of pinstripes Ex-Lawton QB is backup for Yanks". The Oklahoman. Retrieved May 26, 2023.
  4. ^ "Will Shields, Combine Results, OG - Nebraska". nflcombineresults.com. Retrieved October 23, 2021.
  5. ^ "1993 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 31, 2023.
  6. ^ "» Vikings executive Kevin Warren has ties with five hall of fame enshrinees". TwinCities.com. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  7. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Will Shields. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  8. ^ "Mind-blowing stats for the 2013 Pro Bowl". National Football League. January 24, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Len Pasquarelli, "Chiefs guard Shields, a twelve-time Pro Bowler, retires," ESPN.com, (April 16, 2007). Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  10. ^ Palmer, Tod. "Mother's heritage provides opportunity for Sanayika Shields with Danish national team". Kansas City Star.
  11. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Hall of Famers, More Lists, Yearly Finalists. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  12. ^ "Will Shields to be inducted into Chiefs Hall of Fame". KCTV-TV via website. March 3, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2012.

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