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Nebraska's Will Shields Elected to the College Football Hall-of-Fame

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Will Shields is probably best known to most football fans for his 14 year NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs, but Husker fans remember him as the only the second offensive lineman to play for the Huskers as a true freshman. Shields would be named all-conference three times, starting with his sophomore season, and as a senior, was a consensus all-American and Outland Trophy Winner.

Offensive linemen like Shields typically don't get near the glory that quarterbacks like Frazier receive. But Shields was a special individual who was awarded the "Walter Payton Man of the Year" award in 2003 for his work with his "Will to Succeed" foundation in Kansas City.  "Will to Succeed" tries to help abused and neglected women and children overcome the problems they face.

Going back into the highlight reels, you don't find a lot of history of Shields work except when you look at statistics. Nebraska led the nation in rushing three times (1989, 1991, and 1992) with Shields on the field. But Shields finally hit the stat sheet himself in that Halloween game in 1992, when Shields picked up 16 yards on the now-banned Fumblerooskie.