|06-07-2005, 01:17 PM||#1|
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Will Shields - G - Chiefs
Will Shields says he still hasn't ruled out retiring this offseason.
The Chiefs aren't taking this seriously, fully believing the future Hall of Fame candidate will be back. Jun. 7 - 2:31 pm et
Source: Kansas City Star
Posted on Tue, Jun. 07, 2005
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JOHN SLEEZER/The Kansas City Star
As he chatted with Willie Roaf (left), Will Shields (right) beat the heat Monday with the help of a practice pad. The two offensive linemen rested and didn't take part in the Chiefs' practice.
Retirement remains possibility for Shields
By ELIZABETH MERRILL
The Kansas City Star
He was back Monday, wearing his white No. 68 jersey, catching up with the old gang. When Will Shields is around, Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil says it's his adult version of night-night. He can go to sleep, relaxed and happy, because the offensive line is going to be all right.
Just minutes after Vermeil unloaded some warm fuzzies on his Pro Bowl guard, Shields said it's not a given that he'll be back for the 2005 season. The 33-year-old with arthritic knees said he's still contemplating retirement and that his decision may linger until training camp.
“Sometimes your body outweighs your heart,” Shields said. “You never can tell what's going to happen. You could go one way, or do one thing. It's been a long time. This is year 13 coming up.
“I think it more or less weighs on the simple fact if I think I can do it. It's not about the team thing and everything else. I want to be out there and contributing.”
When told of Shields' comments late Monday, Vermeil said he still planned on having his 10-time Pro Bowler back for the 2005 season. He met with Shields last week, and they talked about getting ready for the season.
“He never mentioned he was considering not playing,” Vermeil said.
Fact is, the Chiefs have never been seriously concerned that Shields would retire, even when he didn't attend offseason conditioning sessions in March. A month after the retirement speculation began swirling, Shields walked into Vermeil's office and told him he'd be back.
So why is Shields being coy now? He said he wants to listen to his body.
Shields and veteran linemate Willie Roaf have been absent from offseason workouts because Vermeil told them to stay off their feet and rest. Monday marked their first appearances at practice, but both Shields and Roaf watched from the sidelines.
Shields has played in 192 straight games, a streak that ranks second-longest among active players. Publicly, Shields said he doesn't care about chasing down Brett Favre's longevity streak or the fact that he may leave Kansas City without ever making a Super Bowl.
Privately, some wonder whether that is, in part, what keeps him going.
“You know, when I decide to walk away, I'm not going to worry about a Super Bowl,” Shields said. “It's over, it's done and it wasn't meant to be.
“Brett Favre can keep going if he wants. It depends on my health.”
Linemen, it seems, have weighed heavily in Vermeil's mind lately. Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters has missed all of the Chiefs' offseason workouts, apparently because he's in Texas with his kids.
Vermeil said Waters may be in town by the end of the week. Vermeil also said he's concerned that Waters has missed so much practice time.
“There's only one way you get better in football,” Vermeil said. “That's practice. Granted, he made the Pro Bowl, and I'm proud of him. I was excited for him. Is he a pure Pro Bowl player? No. He's not at the level he's going to end up being if he works. If he doesn't work, he will never reach the level that he should be.”
|06-07-2005, 01:22 PM||#3|
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Hmm, I actually thought Roaf would consider retiring before Shields did. Either way, good news for the AFC west if he does, bad news for Holmes & Green.
|06-07-2005, 01:23 PM||#4|
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Somebody, buy shields some beer, quick!
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