My All-Time Kansas City Chiefs Team: The Centers


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

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.