OU's Clendon Thomas, Lawton's Will Shields headline College Football Hall of Fame class

From Staff and Wire Reports Published: May 17, 2011
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— Former Oklahoma halfback Clendon Thomas and Lawton native Will Shields are among the 14 players chosen for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Thomas was a key cog in OU's back-to-back national championships in 1955 and 1956. He led the nation in scoring in 1956 and was a consensus All-American in 1957. He played 11 seasons in the NFL, four with the St. Louis Rams and seven with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Shields, a former Nebraska standout, was a consensus first-team All-America guard and 1992 Outland Trophy winner. Shields helped lead the Huskers to three NCAA rushing titles before starting his long career with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Shields called his election “an honor” and said that he was shocked.

He added, “As coach (Tom) Osborne would say, it is one of those indelible ink moments, that once you are selected into the Hall of Fame, your name will be listed there forever, regardless of what else may happen from this moment on.”

This year's class is loaded on the defensive line. Defensive tackles Marty Lyons of Alabama, Russell Maryland of Miami, Doug English of Texas and Rob Waldrop of Arizona are slated for induction.