ART SHELL ELECTED INTO BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Art Shell spent 15 seasons with the Oakland Raiders after playing for the Hawks.
Art Shell spent 15 seasons with the Oakland Raiders after playing for the Hawks.

Oct. 21, 2010

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Black College Football Hall of Fame has announced that Art Shell, former Hawks tackle from 1964 to 1968, will be enshrined as part of the Class of 2011 in February.

While with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (then known as Maryland State College), Shell earned three All-CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association) and two All-America awards as a tackle. In 1968 he was drafted in the third round by the Oakland Raiders, playing for 15 seasons including eight Pro Bowl appearances and two Super Bowl championship victories.

Shell is enshrined in numerous establishments, including the UMES Athletic Hall of Fame, the Professional Football Hall of Fame, the CIAA Hall of Fame and the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

Entering the Black College Football Hall of Fame with Shell in the Class of 2011 will include Len Barney, Mel Blount, Roosevelt Brown, Willie Davis, "Bullet" Bob Hayes, Joe Kendall, Doug Williams, Earl Banks, Willie Jeffries and Collie J. Nicholson.

The induction ceremony will take place on February 19th, 2011 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta.