Shields, Craig on candidate's list for pro football HOF

Will Shields (courtesy ProFootballHOF.com)


Roger Craig along with another former Husker great Will Shields are among 103 candidates for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as the 2012 candidates.  (See the full list)
Shields is one of 11 first-year eligible candidates this year. He was a 12-time Pro Bowler and nine-time All-Pro selection for the Kansas City Chiefs during his playing career. He started 231 consecutive games for the Chiefs, spanning 14 seasons, and was the 2003 Walter Payton Man of the Year for his community work with his Will to Succeed Foundation.
Craig, who was one of 15 modern-era finalists in 2010, played for the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders and Minnesota Vikings. A four-time All-Pro, he won three Super Bowl titles with the 49ers, and was the 1998 NFL Offensive Player of the Year. In 1985, he was the first NFL player to gain 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season. He finished his 11-year career with 8,189 rushing yards, 566 receptions and totaled 73 touchdowns (56 rushing and 17 pass receptions).
From the initial of nominees, the selection committee will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalist nominees. The list of 25 semifinalists will be announced in November. That list of 25 will be reduced 15 modern era finalists and announced in January.