Will Shields of the Kansas City Chiefs, and Grant Wistrom of the Rams headlined the 2009 Class for the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Shields was the most reliable lineman in the game of football and Wistrom played in three Super Bowls.
Beginning with a game against the Houston Oilers in 1993, Shields was in the Chiefs’ starting lineup for every game, a team record and the second longest consecutive starting streak in the NFL behind Brett Favre. Shields started 230 straight games including playoff games and established a franchise-record streak of 12 consecutive Pro Bowl appearances, the most Pro Bowl appearances by any player in Kansas City history and a total that ties Randall McDaniel for the most Pro Bowl invitations in the NFL history.
Shields blocked for Marcus Allen, Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson during his career. He blocked for 1,000 yard rushers for five seasons. He also blocked for 4,000 yard passers for five seasons. In 2003 Shields was the recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, the most prestigious accolade that can be bestowed upon an active player, for his work in The “Will to Succeed” Foundation, the charitable organization he started in 1993
Wistrom began his football career in Webb City, MO, and was a first-round selection (No. 6 overall) by the St. Louis Rams in the 1998 NFL Draft. Wistrom was starting defensive end for the Rams in their Super Bowl win over Tennesse in 2000. He played six seasons in St. Louis from 1998 to 2003, before joining the Seattle Seahawks for the 2004, 2005 and 2006 campaigns. He made his third Super Bowl appearance with the Seahawks before retiring prior to the 2007 season.