Oct 27, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks offensive line coach Tim Grunhard tries to excite the crowd against the Texas Longhorns in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Texas won the game 21-17. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

My All-Time Kansas City Chiefs Team: The Centers


 

The regular season is fast approaching.  Within two weeks the Chiefs will travel to Jacksonville to open the 2013 season.  This installment of my All-Time Kansas City Chiefs team will finish the offensive side of the ball.  After this installment, I will shift my column to a monthly piece entitled, “The Summer’s View.”  I hope you all have enjoyed my All-Time Team and I will tackle the defensive side next off-season.  So here’s my last installment, the Centers.

Starter – Jack Rudnay

Jack Rudnay was a standout center for the Chiefs during the decade of the Seventies.  Drafted originally in 1969, Rudnay missed the greatest season in Chiefs history due to a back injury sustained in a College All-Star game.  The original “58”, Rudnay was a 4x Pro Bowler from 1973-76 and a 4x All-Pro. (73-75,79)  During his playing time of 1970 to 1982, Rudnay played in 178 games, 3rd most for a Chiefs lineman.  Rudnay entered the Chiefs Ring of Honor in 1994.

 

Reserve – Tim Grunhard

Tim Grunhard, or more commonly know in KC, Grunny, was the anchor of the line for the Martyball era.  Whether it was blocking for Allen, Montana or Grbac, Grunny was there.  Grunhard played in 169 games during his tenure (1990-2000) in Kansas City, 4th most for a Chiefs lineman.  Grunny was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1999 for his efforts.  Grunhard has been a mainstay in the Kansas City area since his retirement, doing media work covering the Chiefs, coaching high school football and now coaching the Kansas Jayhawks offensive line.

 

Well Addicts, the offense is completed.  The season is upon us.  Catch me at the end of next month for my new column, The Summers View.

 

 

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  • berttheclock

    Yes, Jack Rudnay was special, but, he replaced a tough center/linebacker in E J Holub. Holub made the AFL All Star team in ’61, ’62, ’64, ’65 and ’66 when the AFL had many great players in that very tough league. He became plagued by bad knees, but, continued to play. He started the first SB as a LB, but, he started the winning SB game as a center. When, Rudnay was able to play the following year, Holub took his worn out knees and retired. Elected to the Chiefs HOF in 1976.
    BTW, during those early days of pro football, there was really no rest for many players as they needed to make money. Holub would return to the oil fields in Texas to work during those times.
    However, with Holub, then, Rudnay, centers have been crucial to the success of the Chiefs. Grunhard, Webster, Weigman continued the tradition. Hudson has a lot to rest upon his shoulders. I really hope Hudson will be able to develop and continue that proud tradition.

  • jimfromkcj

    I would change the positions, Rudney was a warrior, but undersized and had a tough time against big linemen. Grunny was big enough to hold his own against anyone and did.

  • Happee_Bumpee

    EJ Holub, #55, hands-down best, toughest selfless player the Chiefs have ever fielded