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“S” is for Shell, Arthur

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    “S” is for Shell, Arthur [b. 1946]. Football player, coach. A native of Charleston, Shell starred in football at Maryland State College where he played both offensive and defensive tackle and was named to several All-American teams. Drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1968, he was a fixture at left tackle for fourteen years. He earned Pro Bowl honors eight times and played for NFL championship teams in 1976 and 1980. In 1989 he was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. After retiring, Shell was a scout and assistant coach for the Raiders. In 1989, they named him head coach—the first African American head coach in the modern era. In 2004 Art Shell became head of football operations for the NFL and the NFL representative on the USA Football Board of Directors.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.