April 9, 2012

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Former Hawk great Art Shell was recognized by the "Hometown Hall of Famers" program and was honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame with a plaque dedication ceremony in his hometown of Charleston.

The "Hometown Hall of Famers" program honors those players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with ceremonies and plaque dedications in their local communities, according to the program's web site.

Shell was honored at North Charleston High School, where his plaque will be placed. His high school alma-mater, Bonds-Wilson High School, has since closed, but Shell said about the dedication location: "The spirit of the Cobras is still alive today here at North Charleston High School. When I'm up here, you're up here - I am you."

He was presented the plaque by Eugene Graves, his former high school football and basketball coach. Other speakers included representatives of the Hall of Fame and of the high school.

Shell was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989 after a long career with the Oakland Raiders, making eight Pro Bowls as a left tackle and winning two Super Bowls.

While at Maryland State College (now known as UMES), Shell earned All-America status twice and All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors three times from 1964 to 1968. He played on both sides of the ball and also played basketball for the Hawks and was recently placed in the Black College Football Hall of Fame.

Fans can view the Pro Football Hall of Fame's story on Art Shell's homecoming here. Fans can also check out more information on the "Hometown Hall of Famers" program here.

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