May 30, 2013

DALLAS -- Former Maryland State lineman Art Shell has been inducted into the Divisional College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation announced on Wednesday.

The Division College Football Hall of Fame, according to its mission statement, honors players and coaches from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA. In the 1960s, UMES competed in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, a Division II conference.

"This is a truly exceptional group of College Football Hall of Fame inductees from the divisional ranks," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning in the official press release. "We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments this summer, and we applaud them for reaching the pinnacle of recognition in our great sport."

Shell played four seasons with the Hawks from 1964 to 1967. He was a two-time All-American as an offensive and defensive lineman in his junior and senior seasons plus earned All-CIAA honors his final three years. He would go on to have a strong professional career with the Oakland Raiders, being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after winning three Super Bowls and making eight Pro Bowls.

Shell is part of a seven-member 2013 Divisional College Football Hall of Fame Class along with Elby Jordan, Joe Micchia, Jeff Wittman, Frank Cignetti, James "Boots" Donnelly and Jess Dow.

The 2013 class will be honored during Enshrinement ceremonies in August in Atlanta.