Ben Grubbs

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Ben Grubbs
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Grubbs with the Ravens in August 2009
No. 66 Kansas City Chiefs
Position: Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-03-10) March 10, 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth: Columbus, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school: Eclectic (AL) Elmore County
College: Auburn
NFL draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Career history
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Games played: 129
Games started: 125
Player stats at

Benjamin Richard Grubbs (born March 10, 1984) is an American football guard for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Auburn University, and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He has also played for the New Orleans Saints.

Early years[edit]

Grubbs was born in Columbus, Georgia. He was raised in Eclectic, Alabama and attended Elmore County High School where he was the team's star linebacker. Grubbs registered 150 tackles, six sacks, and an interception as a senior. A two-way star, Grubbs also played fullback, rushing for 130 yards on 28 carries, with two touchdowns. He also caught seven passes for 50 yards. As a junior, Grubbs managed 110 total tackles, and an interception, also lettering as a four-year starter on the basketball team.

As a senior, he was rated one of the top 10 players in Alabama by SuperPrep Magazine. Grubbs was a SuperPrep All-American and an Alabama Sports Writer's Class 4A All-State selection as a linebacker. At 6-4, 250 as a high school senior, he was recruited as a defensive end, though.[1] Considered a four-star recruit by, Grubbs was listed as the No. 23 strongside defensive end prospect in the nation.[2] He verbally committed to Auburn on January 23, 2002, picking the Tigers over LSU and Alabama.

College career[edit]

Grubbs arrived on the Plains at Auburn University after being encouraged to attend by his cousin Alvin Leonard (AU class of 2002) as an oversized linebacker or undersized defensive end. He was redshirted for the 2002 football season, while he worked with the team's strength and conditioning coach to build muscle. Grubbs was slated to work with as a defensive tackle the following year.


Grubbs moved from defensive tackle to tight end, playing in all nine games, including the last seven. The final game of that year was the first of five wins in a row over rival, the University of Alabama. During spring drills the following year, Grubbs moved from tight end to offensive guard, under the recommendation of his position coach Hugh Nall.


Grubbs started all 13 games during the Auburn Tiger's undefeated and unrewarded 2004 campaign. He finished with a 91% overall grade, with a season-high 98% against the University of Alabama, including 9 rodeo blocks. He posted 93% overall mark with 2 pancakes and helped the team accumulate 404 total yards against the University of Georgia. Graded 92% with 100% on assignments, including 10 rodeo and 2 pancake blocks against the University of Mississippi. Grubbs graded 91% or higher in all of the remaining games during the season.


Again started all 12 games for the Auburn Tigers. His highlight of the year included playing a total of 74 plays versus University of Georgia, accumulating 97% with five rodeo, two cockroach, and 1.5 pancake blocks. He was part of the line that allowed Running Back U's backfield to tally 388 rushing yards against the University of Kentucky.


In years prior to 2006 and leading into his final season, Grubbs was often overshadowed by another offensive guard at Auburn, Tim Duckworth. During his career at Auburn University, Grubbs never missed a game and started 37 straight contests. He also completed his final two seasons as a collegian by leading the Southeastern Conference in blocking assignment percentages. During his Auburn career he blocked for NFL RBs Cadillac Williams, Ronnie Brown, Kenny Irons, and QB Jason Campbell. He also starred alongside the left tackle for the San Diego Chargers, Marcus McNeill.

Grubbs completed his degree from Auburn, graduating with a Bachelor's in Public Administration in May 2006.

Professional career[edit]

2007 NFL Draft[edit]

Leading up to the 2007 NFL Draft, Ben Grubbs participated in a series of private workouts, in addition to the NFL combine. Grubb's stats from the NFL combine were 29 bench press repetitions of 225 pounds and a 5.18 second 40-yard dash. Those numbers were exceeded by the 5.1 second 40-yard dash and the 35 bench press repetitions of 225 pounds, achieved at his private workout for scouts at Auburn University.

Following his performance in those workouts, as well as other workouts for individual teams, and his performance in the 2007 Senior Bowl, Grubbs was heralded as the top offensive guard prospect in the 2007 NFL Draft by draft expert Mel Kiper. Grubbs also topped's list of offensive guards.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 58 in 311 lb 5.18 s 1.80 s 2.96 s 4.72 s 7.99 s 26 12 in 8 ft 7 in 29 reps
All values from NFL Combine[3]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Grubbs was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens 29th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. During his five years with the Ravens he started 70 of 74 games.

New Orleans Saints[edit]

Grubbs in the 2012 NFL season.

Grubbs signed a five-year, $36 million contract with the New Orleans Saints on March 15, 2012.[4]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

On March 12, 2015, Grubbs was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a 5th round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.[5] On December 2, 2015, the Chiefs placed Grubbs on injured reserve.[6] In his first season with the Chiefs, Grubbs started all 7 games he played in prior to being injured.


  1. ^ "Ben Grubbs Recruiting Profile", 
  2. ^ Rivals100: Strongside defensive ends, February 5, 2002 
  3. ^ "Ben Grubbs Draft Profile",, retrieved May 13, 2010 .
  4. ^ Source: Saints add OG Ben Grubbs
  5. ^ "New Orleans Saints announce a number of roster moves on Thursday". March 12, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Chiefs place Ben Grubbs on injured reserve". kansascity. Retrieved 2015-12-03. 

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