Before his career as a celebrated player and coach in the NFL, Art Shell was a versatile athlete on both sides of the ball for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He becomes the third Hawks inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame.
A four-year letterman, who played both offensive and defensive tackle, Shell claimed both Little All-American and Pittsburgh Courier Black College All-America honors in 1967. The three-time All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) performer blocked for College Football Hall of Fame halfback Emerson Boozer, and he led UMES to a 20-8-1 record during his career.
Shell was drafted by the AFL’s Oakland Raiders and became an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time First Team All-Pro. The three-time Super Bowl champion (XI, XV, XVIII) participated in 24 playoff appearances with the Raiders and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
Shell has held the UMES Celebrity Golf Classic since 2000, and he was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 1984. He is also a member of the Black College Football and the CIAA halls of fame. Following his playing days, he was twice named the head coach of the Raiders, becoming the first African-American to head a modern-day NFL team. Shell currently serves as a joint NFL/NFLPA representative to review fines and suspensions levied for on-field misconduct.