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Exclusive Interview with Former Chiefs Center Tim Grunhard

26 Nov 2000: Tim Grunhard #61 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on from the bench during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Chiefs 17-16.Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn  /Allsport
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Farzin VousoughianContributor IIINovember 3, 2012

I got a chance to speak to Tim Grunhard, former Kansas City Chiefs center and current Kansas Jayhawks offensive line coach. Grunhard has been around the game of football for a long time, both as a player and a coach. He loves the game of football so much that he is still a part of it.

I caught up with Grunhard at the University of Kansas Anderson Family Football Complex at Kivisto Field and revisited some of his favorite moments from back when he played and talked to him about his new gig with the Jayhawks.

 

Farzin Vousoughian: What did you first know about the Chiefs when you were taken by them?

Tim Grunhard: I knew Marty Schottenheimer was a pound-'em, running the ball type of coach. His defense always had a tough attitude and they were physical. I liked the toughness of that group. My first game there, it wasn't even sold out. It went from that to selling everything out and it was a good transition.

 

FV: What did you enjoy the most about the 1993-94 season?

TG: I remember having Joe Montana on the team, beating the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football, and having Marcus Allen on the team as well.

 

FV: What kind of a person was Joe Montana like?

TG: Great guy. He just demanded respect in the huddle and he always got it from everyone.

 

FV: Being from Chicago, you played in Kansas City. After playing football, you stayed in the Kansas City area and was the head football coach of Bishop Miege High School. What did you like about the area that made you want to stay?

TG: My wife is from New Jersey and I am from Chicago. We weren't going to go back to Chicago or go back to New Jersey. We stayed in Kansas City and we felt that it was a good place to raise our kids and that is where we wanted to be.

 

FV: What factors came into leaving Bishop Miege and taking a job as the offensive line coach of Kansas?

TG: I think just the challenge of going and being part of a rebuilding program and turning a program into a winner. Just the little challenges of life. Everyday is a challenge. Every practice and every game is a challenge. I really like digging in and being part of a difference maker.

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