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Art Shell
Former Raiders Offensive Tackle and Head Coach Art Shell in 2011
Personal Information
Tackle / Head Coach
Jersey #(s)
Born November 26 1946 (1946-11-26) (age 77)
Charleston, South Carolina
Career information
Year(s) 19681982
AFL Draft 1968 / Round: 3 / Pick: 80
College Maryland Eastern Shore
Professional teams
Career stats
Games played 207
Games started 155
Coaching Record 56-52
Stats at
Coaching stats at
Career highlights and awards

  • Pro Bowl selection (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro selection (1974, 1976, 1977)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (1975, 1978)
  • NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
  • 1990 Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of Year
  • 1990 Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of Year
  • 1990 UPI NFL Coach of Year
  • South Carolina Sports Hall of Fame

Arthur "Art" Shell (born November 26, 1946) is an American former collegiate and professional Football player in the American Football League and later in the NFL, a Hall of Fame offensive tackle, and a two-time former head coach of the Oakland Raiders. He holds the distinction of becoming the second-ever African American head coach (after Fritz Pollard) in the history of Professional Football, and the first in the sport's modern era.

Playing career[]

Shell was drafted by the American Football League's Oakland Raiders from Maryland State College. Playing offensive tackle, Shell participated in 24 playoff contests, including Super Bowls XI and XV, and was named to eight Pro Bowls.

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Shell as L.A. Raiders head coach

Shell was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989. In 1999, he was ranked number 55 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

Coaching career[]

Los Angeles Raiders[]

Through Al Davis, Shell is a member of the Sid Gillman coaching tree. As coach of the Raiders (at the time located in Los Angeles), Shell compiled a record of 54 wins, 38 losses, and was named AFC Coach of the Year in 1990, when the Raiders won the AFC West division with a 12-4 record, and advanced to the AFC championship game in the playoffs. Al Davis, owner of the Raiders, fired Shell after a 9-7 season in 1994, a move Davis later said he regretted.

After the Raiders[]

After leaving the Raiders, Shell went on to coaching positions with the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons, before serving as a senior vice president for the NFL, in charge of football operations.

2006 return to Raiders[]

Shell was officially re-hired by the Raiders as head coach on February 11, 2006. After leading the team to its worst record (2 wins, 14 losses) since 1963, Shell resigned from his post as Head Coach of the Raiders on January 4, 2007. Although the Raiders' defense was one of the best in the league, its anemic offense, along with a season long feud with wide receiver Jerry Porter led to the team's downfall.

Head coaching record[]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
LA 1989 7 5 0 .583 3rd in AFC west - - - -
LA 1990 12 4 0 .750 1st in AFC west 1 1 .500 Lost to Buffalo Bills in AFC Championship Game.
LA 1991 9 7 0 .563 3rd in AFC west 0 1 .000 Lost to Kansas City Chiefs in AFC Wild-Card Game.
LA 1992 7 9 0 .438 4th in AFC west - - - -
LA 1993 10 6 0 .625 2nd in AFC west 1 1 .500 Lost to Buffalo Bills in AFC Divisional Game.
LA 1994 9 7 0 .563 3rd in AFC west - - - -
OAK 2006 2 14 0 .125 4th in AFC west - - - -
Raiders' Total 56 52 0 .518 2 3 .400
Total[1] 56 52 0 .518 2 3 .400


Shell is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Shell attended Bonds-Wilson High School in North Charleston, SC. The school is no longer in existence.

Shell is an alumnus of Maryland State College, now known as The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, located in Princess Anne, MD. He hosts an annual celebrity golf tournament

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