May 17, 1968|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||315 lb (143 kg)|
|High school:||Burbank (IL) St. Laurence|
|NFL Draft:||1990 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40|
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Timothy Gerard Grunhard (born May 17, 1968) is a former American football center in the National Football League (NFL). He was the offensive line coach for the Kansas Jayhawks. A second-round draft choice in the 1990 NFL Draft for the Kansas City Chiefs, Grunhard went on to play 169 games in all with Kansas City, the fourth most ever by a Chiefs offensive lineman, and was regarded as one of the finest centers in the NFL during the 1990s. He is now a football assistant coach at Bishop Miege high school in Roeland Park, Kansas.
Tim Grunhard grew up in Chicago, Illinois and attended St. Laurence High School in Burbank. He later moved to South Bend, Indiana where he later played on some of the most famous teams in all of Notre Dame's storied history. He started every game in 1988 when the Irish went undefeated and won the national championship. That season included victories over 3 otherwise undefeated teams: West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl, USC in a #1 vs. #2 showdown on the final weekend of the regular season, and the 31–30 win over Miami at Notre Dame Stadium that is considered one of the greatest college football games ever played.
Grunhard was a second round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1990 and was an anchor for the Chiefs' teams of the 1990s, alongside Dave Szott. During that time, he started 164 games for the Chiefs, which ranks third in franchise history. Throughout his playing career, Grunhard was always one of the most popular figures with fans and the community. Even after retiring he still holds that respect across the city. Grunhard made his first and only appearance in the Pro Bowl following the 1999 NFL season after Denver Broncos center Tom Nalen was forced to miss the game due to injury.
His first attempt at coaching began with his designation as an offensive lineman coach/defensive end coach under the great Rick Byers (head coach/linebacker coach at St. Pius X (Catholic) high school of Kansas City Missouri) which marched its way to a state title during Grunhards first year as a coach, but one of several for Rick Byers. Grunhard made quite the impact with many young athletes designating the underclassmen as his "bulldogs" or "bulldog pups" in that they reminded him of a bulldog. stating " You're young, scrappy and hungry; you're my bulldogs! Now take a bite and show me how mean you are!" this group could easily be spotted by the line of masking tape he placed on each underclassmen's helmet. Running from the back of the helmet to the front. Many who were coached by him hold him in high regard for his willingness to make each and every individual he coached a better player. "Give me the effort and I will make you one mean machine!" He also had a knack for the ability to pronounce German last names ( this is actually more of an inside joke pertaining to one individual athlete) where others gave up, something that would always stay with some as a mark of respect and appreciation. Grunhard is also remembered by many for his great pregame speeches and hijinks. One of which ended with him falling backwards over a wire boundary line down a muddy hill mid sentence during a warm up/stretch session only to reappear covered in mud.
Grunhard was the head coach of the Bishop Miege High School football team, a Roman Catholic private high school in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, where he taught theology. In his first season as coach in 2006, the varsity team finished with a record of 3–6. The team won five straight district titles and the 2009 4A state title in Grunhard's six years of coaching.
In 2012, Grunhard was hired as the offensive line coach at Kansas. In December 2013, he left his position at the University of Kansas in order to be closer to his family in Kansas City. He returned to Bishop Miege as the offensive line coach.
Grunhard had a radio show that was on from 9:00 to 11:00 on weekday mornings on KCSP sports radio from October 2003 till he was let go in December 2007. He first did the show with Holden Kushner, and later Doug Franz, but was hosting by himself when released from his contract. His broadcasting career began in 2001 on WHB's "Crunch Time," with co-hosts Bill Maas and Frank Boal.
- USA Today, "College football's best of the last 20 years"
- Chiefs center Grunhard added to Pro Bowl roster Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine. KCChiefs.com, 11 January 2000
- Miege hires a real pro Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine. The Leaven
- Kansas City Star 28 Nov. 2009, "Bishop Miege puts on offensive display in Class 4A title win" Archived 2009-12-02 at the Wayback Machine.
- Kansas Football Adds Tim Grunhard To Staff
- Tim Grunhard at DatabaseFootball.com