ART SHELL

ART SHELL

Class of 1989
Tackle >>> 6-5, 265
(Maryland St.-Eastern Shore)
1968-1982 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

Arthur Shell. . .No. 3 draft pick, 1968. . .Possessed size, speed, agility, intelligence, strength to be premier offensive tackle. . .Mild-mannered, hard working, great team player. . .Equally adept on running, passing plays. . . Starred in Super Bowl XI vs. Vikings. . . Played in 207 regular-season, 23 post-season games, eight Pro Bowls. . .All-Pro, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977. . . All-AFC six times. . .Born November 26, 1946, in Charleston, South Carolina.

Art Shell, a third-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders in 1968, excelled on the special teams for two seasons before winning the starting offensive left tackle job in his third campaign. Within a short time, he became widely recognized as one of the premier offensive linemen in the National Football League.

Through much of his career, Shell teamed with left guard Gene Upshaw, a 1987 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinee, to provide the Raiders with an exceptional nucleus to a forward unit that powered the perennially strong Oakland offense of the 1970s.

Many observers rate Shell, who was equally adept as a pass protector and a blocker on running plays, as the finest of many excellent Raiders offensive linemen of the 1970s. Shell was a first- or second-team All-Pro choice six straight years from 1973 through 1978.

He also played in eight Pro Bowl games and 23 post-season contests, including eight AFL/AFC championships and the Raiders' victories in Super Bowls XI and XV. Shell was credited with a nearly perfect performance against Jim Marshall, the Minnesota Vikings’ sterling defensive end, in Super Bowl XI.

Art played in his first 156 pro games before a pre-season injury in 1979 forced him out of the lineup for five games. He then launched another streak of 51 games that ended with an injury midway into his final 1982 campaign.

Born in Charleston, South Carolina Shell was All-State in both football and basketball at Bonds-Wilson High School in North Charleston. In college with the Maryland State-Eastern Shore grid team, he starred on both offense and defense. Art was named All-Conference three years, All-America two years by the Pittsburgh Courier and Ebony Magazine and little All-America as a senior in 1967.

Year
Team
G
1968 Oakland
14
1969 Oakland
14
1970 Oakland
14
1971 Oakland
14
1972 Oakland
14
1973 Oakland
14
1974 Oakland
14
1975 Oakland
14
1976 Oakland
14
1977 Oakland
14
1978 Oakland
16
1979 Oakland
11
1980 Oakland
16
1981 Oakland
16
1982 L.A. Raiders
8
Career Total
207
Additional Career Statistics: Punt Returns: 1-0

Championship Games

1968 AFL – New York Jets 27, Oakland Raiders 23
Shell did not play.

1969 AFL – Kansas City Chiefs 17, Oakland Raiders 7
Shell did not start but did play in the game.

1970 AFC – Baltimore Colts 27, Oakland Raiders 17
Shell started at offensive left tackle for the Raiders.

1973 AFC – Miami Dolphins 27, Oakland Raiders 10
Shell started at offensive left tackle for the Raiders.

1974 AFC – Pittsburgh Steelers 24, Oakland Raiders 13
Shell started at offensive left tackle for the Raiders.

1975 AFC – Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Oakland Raiders 10
Shell started at offensive left tackle for the Raiders.

1976 AFC – Oakland Raiders 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 7
Shell started at offensive left tackle for the Raiders.

1977 AFC – Denver Broncos 20, Oakland Raiders 17
Shell started at offensive left tackle for the Raiders.

1980 AFC – Oakland Raiders 34, San Diego Chargers 27
Shell started at offensive left tackle for the Raiders.


Super Bowls

Super Bowl XI – Oakland Raiders 32, Minnesota Vikings 14
Shell started at offensive left tackle for the Raiders.

Super Bowl XV – Oakland Raiders 27, Philadelphia Eagles 10
Shell started at offensive left tackle for the Raiders.

All-NFL: 1973 (NEA), 1974 (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW), 1976 (PW), 1977 (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW)

All-NFL Second Team: 1975 (AP, PFWA, NEA), 1978 (AP)

All AFC: 1973 (AP, UPI, PW), 1974 (AP, UPI, SN, PW), 1975 (AP, UPI, SN), 1976 (AP, UPI, SN, PW), 1977 (UPI, SN, PW), 1978 (UPI)

All AFC Second Team: 1972 (UPI)

(8) – 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981

• [Tied for 1st] Most Seasons Active – 15 (1968-1982)
• [Tied for 1st] Most Consecutive Seasons Active – 15 (1968-1982)
• [3rd] Most Games Played, Career – 207 (1968-1982)
• [3rd] Most Consecutive Games Played – 156

• 1970s All-Decade Team
• Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team (1990)

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1968 Oakland Raiders 12 2 0 (1st)
1969 Oakland Raiders 12 1 1 (1st)
1970 Oakland Raiders 8 4 2 (1st)
1971 Oakland Raiders 8 4 2 (2nd)
1972 Oakland Raiders 10 3 1 (1st)
1973 Oakland Raiders 9 4 1 (1st)
1974 Oakland Raiders 12 2 0 (1st)
1975 Oakland Raiders 11 3 0 (1st)
1976 Oakland Raiders 13 1 0 (1st)
1977 Oakland Raiders 11 3 0 (2nd)
1978 Oakland Raiders 9 7 0 (2nd)
1979 Oakland Raiders 9 7 0 (4th)
1980 Oakland Raiders 11 5 0 (2nd)
1981 Oakland Raiders 7 9 0 (4th)
1982 Los Angeles Raiders 8 1 0 (1st*)
* AFC regular season finish in strike-shortened season.

Full Name: Arthur Shell

Birthdate: November 26, 1946

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina

High School: Bonds-Wilson (North Charleston, SC)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 21, 1989

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 5, 1989

Other Members of Class of 1989: Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw, Willie Wood

Pro Career: 15 seasons, 207 games

Drafted: 3rd round (80th overall) in 1968 by Oakland Raiders

Uniform Number: #78 with Oakland Raiders

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