Through their official Twitter account, the Kansas City Chiefs announced on Saturday that former player Tim Grunhard will be inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame this season.
Tim Grunhard will be inducted into the Chiefs Ring of Honor this upcoming season! pic.twitter.com/AfjoDUhdGe— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) May 1, 2021
Grunhard, 52, played for the Chiefs from 1990 through 2000, missing just seven games during an 11-year career that was part of the team’s resurgence as a contending team during the 1990s.
“We are excited to welcome Tim as the newest member of our Chiefs Hall of Fame,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in an official statement. “In 11 seasons with the club, Tim was a stalwart on one of the most talented offensive line groups in franchise history. Known for his toughness and grit, Tim helped pave the way for Marty Schottenheimer’s physical running attack that was a staple of Chiefs football in the 1990s. 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. We look forward to adding Tim’s name to the Ring of Honor at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium this fall.”
A graduate of Notre Dame, Grunhard was taken in the second round (40th overall) in the 2000 NFL Draft. He started the third game of his first season — and remained the team’s starting center through his retirement. In all, he appeared in 169 games during his career — starting 120 straight from September 5, 1993, through October 29, 2000. That’s the fourth-longest starting streak in franchise history. He made the Pro Bowl in 1999.
A native of Chicago, Grunhard has become fully invested in Kansas City. After hosting a weekly radio show during his playing days, he’s continued to be a visible presence in local media since his retirement. He currently hosts the local radio show “Crunch Time,” serves as a board member for the late Derrick Thomas’ Third and Long Foundation and is a coach for Bishop Miege High School’s football team in Roeland Park, Kansas — a Kansas City suburb.