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Shields falls short in bid for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Updated: 2014-02-02T04:23:08Z


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— Former Chiefs guard Will Shields failed in his bid for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Shields, one of 15 modern-day finalists for the third straight year, made the cut to 10 finalists, but was not among the players elected by the 46-member Board of Selectors.

The Class of 2014 will consist of former Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks, Seattle offensive tackle Walter Jones, Buffalo wide receiver Andre Reed, New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and Arizona/St. Louis cornerback Aeneas Williams, Atlanta/Philadelphia defensive end Claude Humphrey and Oakland punter Ray Guy.

Humphrey and Guy were nominated by the Seniors Committee. Brooks and Jones were first-time finalists.

Those eliminated in the final round besides Shields were Pittsburgh running back Jerome Bettis, outside linebackers Kevin Greene and Charles Haley and Indianapolis wide receiver Marvin Harrison,

The five who did not survive the first cut were kicker Morten Andersen, Oakland wide receiver Tim Brown, San Francisco owner Eddie DeBartolo, coach Tony Dungy and Tampa Bay/Denver safety John Lynch.

After waiting 23 years, Guy is the first punter elected to the Hall of Fame.

“Good things are worth waiting for,” Guy said Saturday night. “It’s just a matter of time when it will show up. And I knew it would, sooner or later. It had to, whether it was me or somebody down the road. But sooner or later, it had to show up, because that is a part of a football game.”

Each of the incoming Hall of Famers walked to the stage at Radio City Music Hall at The NFL Honors program, and was announced individually. Strahan, who helped the Giants make two Super Bowls, got a huge cheer from the home crowd.

The induction ceremony will be Aug. 1 in Canton, Ohio.

| The Associated Press contributed to this story

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