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Hall of Fame Bills guard Shaw honored

Pro Football Hall of Fame guard and former Buffalo Bill Billy Shaw was honored Tuesday in a special ceremony in his hometown of Vicksburg, Miss.

Shaw was recognized by the Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance as part of “Hometown Hall of Famers,” a national program honoring the home roots of the sport’s greatest coaches, players and contributors with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.

A standout at Carr Central High School, which is now closed, Shaw was presented his plaques in the Vicksburg High School gymnasium where the plaque will be permanently displayed. The presentation was made by Gene Allen, his high school coach. In addition a commemorative Billy Shaw Hometown Hall of Famers road sign will be on display in Vicksburg.

Shaw spent his entire pro career in the American Football League with the Bills and was named to the AFL All-Time team before the 1970 merger with the National Football League. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999, the first player elected who had spent his entire career in the AFL.