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Art Shell #43 1981 Topps - Near Mint - Graded CSG 7.5

Art Shell #43 1981 Topps - Near Mint - Graded CSG 7.5

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Arthur Shell (November 26, 1946-) (T/Head Coach) is widely considered the greatest offensive lineman of the Oakland Raiders in the 1970s, a line he shared with fellow Hall of Famers Gene Upshaw and Jim Otto. The Oakland Raiders took Art in the third round of the 1968 NFL Draft out of Maryland State College, where he was a three-time All-Conference, two-time All-American and a little All-American in his senior year. At offensive tackle, Shell was able to secure the line and, ultimately, the quarterback Kenny Stabler, but he was equally adept as a blocker and pass protector. Art was an eight-time NFL Pro Bowl player and was named to three NFL All-Pro First Teams.

Shell helped the Raiders win Super Bowls XI, XV and XVIII, the latter as an assistant coach under Al Davis. After playing his entire career with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders (1968-1981/1982), Art Shell finished his playing days with eight fumble recoveries for five yards in 207 career games. Following his playing days, he joined the Raiders coaching staff eventually becoming head coach in 1989. He coached for seven years in Los Angeles/Oakland (1989-1994/2006) and compiled a record of 56-52-0 in 108 games. In 1990, he led the Raiders to a 12-4 record and the AFC Conference Championship Game before falling to the Buffalo Bills. For his efforts that season, he earned the Pro Football Weekly, Maxwell Football Club and UPI NFL Coach of the Year Awards. Art Shell was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

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