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Hall of Fame

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1999 Inductee

Career Highlights

Helped lead the Bills to back-to-back AFL titles in 1964 and 1965.

Named All-AFL five times (1962-1966).

First player to spend entire career in the AFL to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

Equally adept at pass blocking and run blocking, Billy Shaw's ability to pull out in front of runners was a perfect fit for the Bills. Shaw's speed, strength, and natural ability made him "the driving force of the offensive unit" according to his former offensive line coach Jerry Smith.

Especially effective on short-yardage scoring plays, Shaw would pull out from his left guard position followed by heavy-duty runners Cookie Gilchrist and Wray Carlton. Bills quarterback Jack Kemp or his super-sub Daryle Lamonica would follow the powerful trio of blockers – often untouched – into the end zone.

A key member of the Bills teams that won AFL titles in 1964 and 1965, Shaw was named a firstteam All-AFL selection five times (1962-66) and also a second team All-AFL choice in 1962, 1968 and 1969. He was selected to play in eight AFL All-Star Games and was named to the All-Time AFL Team. Named to pro football's All-Decade Team of the 1960s, Shaw is the first Hall of Fame member to play his entire career in the AFL.