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    Chiefs' Shields retires after stellar career.....

    Offensive guard Will Shields of the Kansas City Chiefs, one of the NFL's most celebrated blockers of this era on the field and most honored philanthropists off it, has decided to retire from the NFL after 14 seasons.

    A 12-time Pro Bowl performer and certain candidate for Hall of Fame honors, Shields made the announcement of his retirement on his Web site on Sunday evening.

    "The love for the game never decreased but, as the years passed, the physical requirements of the game became harder to fulfill each and every day," Shields wrote on the site. "If it was up to me I would play football forever but, as we all know, that is unrealistic."

    Shields, 35, has been a fixture for the Chiefs at right guard and a leader in the Kansas City community since the team selected the former Nebraska star in the third round of the 1993 draft. He is the longest-tenured player on the Kansas City roster and his 224 appearances and 223 starts are franchise records.

    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. He is one of only four NFL players since the merger in 1970 to start more than 200 straight games.

    Shields has appeared in 12 straight Pro Bowl games and his 224 regular-season games are more than any of the seven modern-era guards currently in the Hall of Fame.

    As notable an impact as Shields has made on the field, where he is regarded as one of the premier in-line blockers in modern league history, his accomplishments outside of football are just as laudable.

    As a rookie, Shields and his wife, Senia, established the "Will to Succeed Foundation." The foundation's Web site defines its purpose as "inspiring, guiding and improving the lives of abused, battered and neglected women and children."

    The foundation, and numerous other charitable efforts helped earn Shields the NFL's prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year honor in 2003. Shields and his wife have garnered considerable recognition in other quarters as well for the lives they have affected.

    Shields has flirted with the notion of retirement in the past, notably a year ago, and he sat out most of the Chiefs' offseason conditioning program as he deliberated his future. After much thought, Shields returned to the team and enjoyed another standout season.

    He has three seasons remaining on his contract, at base salaries of $1.2 million (for 2007), $1.59 million (2008) and $1.98 million (2009). Shields becomes the second potential Hall of Fame offensive lineman to retire from the Chiefs in the last two years. Tackle Willie Roaf, a 11-time Pro Bowl performer, retired last year.

    "I am looking forward to a future filled with sports in mind," Shields wrote. "Whether it is in the stands, on the sideline, in the press box or in a office -- football will remain in my blood."

    By Len Pasquarelli
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    Helluva player....First Roaf last year now Shields. The Chiefs definitely have issues with their OL.


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    Yes not good for the chiefs with a fairly young QB {at least in number of starts}huard just might play this years games from his a**

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    Great ones are hard to replace

    Shields, Faneca, Ogden......you can't lose guys like that and expect to plug in the next guy and get the same results. There is a reason these guys have represented so many times at the pro-bowl. Not saying they can never be replaced, but it aint easy. Will New England be able to just plug in the next back-up QB and expect to find the next Tom Brady? Not likely. Shields was a beast and the Chiefs running game and Larry Johnson will miss him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGold4vr View Post
    Shields, Faneca, Ogden......you can't lose guys like that and expect to plug in the next guy and get the same results. There is a reason these guys have represented so many times at the pro-bowl. Not saying they can never be replaced, but it aint easy. Will New England be able to just plug in the next back-up QB and expect to find the next Tom Brady? Not likely. Shields was a beast and the Chiefs running game and Larry Johnson will miss him!

    Shields is/was one of the best lineman Ive ever seen, the dude could do it all and those 12 pro bowls were definitely no accident. He will be missed. It's tough to see players like this leave the game after we've been watching them for so long.

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    The Chiefs could really be hurting this year with the holes in the line and Green possibly leaving. I know they have Huard (sp) but now everyone will have tape on him so it will be interesting to see how he performs.

    The dude was awesome though the Chiefs are definitely going to miss him!

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    Yup HOF bound , I wonder how much this will effect Larry Johnson

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    larry johnson cried himself to sleep last night knowing deep down that his overratedness is gonna be exposed. That line went from WOW!!!! to OUCH!!!! in 2 years

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    PSU running backs in general are overrated.


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    wow thats just a unfair and completely biased opinon

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