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2010 May 14

30/1980 BEST PLAYERS: No. 14

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Welcome to Husker Locker’s “30 Best Players since 1980” portion of the Summer 30 series. Check throughout May to see our updated rankings; the previous rankings will be housed at the bottom of this blog post.

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Remember, too, to weigh in on the Best Individual Performances and Best Games since 1980. Also stay tuned for our ranking of every team, 1980-2009, at the end of the series!


No. 14 Offensive guard Will Shields (1989-1992)

Big, smart and athletic, Will Shields started for three years at guard, and nabbed the Outland Trophy during his senior season, 1992. A picture of durability, Shields was equally good whether trapping or drive-blocking his opponent. Often casually mentioned by former head coach Tom Osborne as one of the highest-grading offensive linemen in Nebraska history, Shields was a third-round pick in the NFL Draft. The Kansas City Chiefs were richly rewarded for the selection; Shields started more than 200 consecutive games, went to 11 Pro Bowls and was named the NFL’s Man of the Year in 2003. One day - perhaps soon - he’ll be poised to join the NFL Football Hall of Fame.

Check Out the Entire List!

Honorable Mention, No. 30, No. 29, No. 28, No. 27, No. 26, No. 25, No. 24, No. 23, No. 22, No. 21, No. 20, No. 19, No. 18, No. 17, No. 16, No. 15

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TheProphet

The top 13 must be REALLY special, because Will is one of the best in my book. Great man, great player.

Counting down the days untill the HOF calls..........

– May 14, 2010 at 11:06 am

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