Monday Morning Quarterback – Who’s the top NFL offensive lineman from the Huskers – Will Shields or Mick Tingelhoff?
Over the years, the illustrious Husker football program has sent literally hundreds of players to the NFL. A study by Grand Canyon University in 2018 showed Nebraska at 5th all time with 346 players who went on to play in the NFL.
Out of those 346 Huskers, there have been some all time greats, with a large number of great linemen – two of the best being Will Shields and Mick Tingelhoff. Both Huskers are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Will Shields played 14 years in the NFL after winning the Outland Trophy in 1992. He was All-NFL first team three times and was selected to the Pro Bowl 12 times. Shields played in 231 consecutive games. He blocked for 1,000-yard rushers four times and for 4,000-yard passers in 5 seasons
Mick Tingelhoff as undrafted out of Nebraska but went on to a 17-year NFL career where he was a seven-time All-NFL center, and played in four Super Bowls with the Vikings. Tingelhoff never missed a game or even a practice in his career – he started his rookie year opening game and started the next 240 games.
Both were great, great players in the Husker tradition. Who is your choice for the best – Will Shields or Mick Tingelhoff?