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Longtime center Tim Grunhard to be inducted into Chiefs Hall of Fame

Tim Grunhard to be inducted into Chiefs Hall of Fame
Posted at 11:58 AM, May 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-01 16:18:40-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Longtime center Tim Grunhard will be inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame, the team announced Saturday.

Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt made the announcement. Grunhard becomes the 50th individual and 46th player to be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.

Grunhard will be inducted during an enshrinement ceremony next season during Chiefs Alumni Weekend at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.

"In 11 seasons with the club, Tim was a stalwart on one of the most talented offensive line groups in franchise history." Hunt said in a statement. "Off the field, Tim showed a commitment to serving the community throughout his career, and his dedication to Kansas City has continued well after his playing days."

Grunhard, a Chicago native and second-round pick from Notre Dame, spent 11 seasons with the Chiefs from 1990 to 2000.

During that time, he appeared in 169 games and made 164 starts, including a streak of 120 straight starts from Sept. 5, 1993 to Oct. 29, 2000. That streak is the fourth-longest starting streak in franchise history.

He was selected to his first career Pro Bowl in 1999, becoming the first Chiefs center to receive the honor in 22 years.

Grunhard coached Bishop Miege to five Kansas Class 4A state titles in six seasons as head coach from 2006 to 2011. He left to become the offensive line coach at the University of Kansas in 2012 before returning in that role to Miege in 2014.

Grunhard also is a board member with the Third and Long Foundation, an active member of the Kansas City Ambassadors and was also inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.