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Will Shields: Pro Football Hall Of Fame Semifinalist

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the semifinalists for its 2012 induction class earlier on Tuesday, and the Kansas City Chiefs saw one of their all-time greats make the preliminary cut. Offensive Guard Will Shields, who played in Kansas City from 1993 to 2006, made it on the semifinalist list in his first year of eligibility:

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Although there is no set number of Enshrinees for any Hall of Fame Class, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s current ground rules do stipulate that between four and seven new members will be selected each year. No more than five modern-era nominees can be elected in a given year and a class of six or seven Enshrinees can only be achieved if one or both senior nominees are elected.

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Among other notable names on the list are former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Steelers running back Jerome Bettis. Top receivers Tim Brown and Cris Carter, and former coach Bill Parcells.

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