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Two Former Chiefs Among NFL Hall Of Fame First-Year Candidates

Former Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer and All-Pro guard Will Shields stand among several first-year candidates for Canton this year.

In some news that's likely to make some of us feel old, two former members of the Kansas City Chiefs are now eligible as a first-year candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. After being retired for five consecutive seasons, former All-Pro offensive lineman Will Shields and former head coach Marty Schottenheimer stand among those hoping for induction in their first year amid several other familiar names.

Schottenheimer coached in Kansas City from 1989-98, or 10 full seasons. Over a span of 160 games coached, he went 101-58-1 for a career record of .635 winning percentage. The Chiefs also finished first or second in the division in every single season besides his final year where he went 7-9 and finished last in the AFC West.

Will Shields is one of the greatest offensive linemen in not only Chiefs history but the history of the NFL. His 12 Pro Bowl appearances speak to his dominance year after year, and he started 223 games for the Chiefs after being chosen in the third round in the '93 draft. He also won the 2003 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year.

Also eligible for the first time for the HoF are Tiki Barber, Drew Bledsoe, Stephen Davis, Bill Cowher, Bill Parcells, Rod Smith, Troy Vincent, Mike Vanderjagt and Keyshawn Johnson.