College: Maryland Eastern Shore
Teams: Oakland & Los Angeles Raiders (1968-1982)
Super Bowl Wins: 1977 & 1981
Accolades: Two-Time First Team All-Pro, Eight-Time Pro Bowl, Hall of Fame Inductee (Class of 1989)
Summary: Shell’s small school routes didn’t deter late Raiders Owner Al Davis from taking the 6-5, 256-pound offensive tackle with the third pick in the draft in 1968. Few players embodied the Raiders’ “commitment to excellence” tagline more than Shell, who anchored an outstanding Raiders offensive line through the team’s historic run in the 1970s and early 80s.
Davis later thought so highly of Shell, he named the South Carolina-native as the team’s head coach in 1989. Shell was the league’s first black coach since Fritz Pollard in the 1920s and the first African-American to lead a team to a conference championship game in 1991.