Yesterday’s Chiefs loss to the Browns was the final time longtime broadcaster and icon Bill Grigsby will be involved with a Chiefs game.
He said he’s retiring after watching all but a handful of Chiefs games in the franchise’s history.
“Times change, you know?” Grigsby, 87, said before Kansas City’s home finale Sunday.
He has called Chiefs games since the team moved from Dallas in 1963, missing only eight, he estimated Sunday.
Grigsby also broadcast the first game at Allen Fieldhouse, the Chiefs’ only Super Bowl win and the first nationally broadcast Final Four.
Grigsby said he might spend his time writing or at The National, his home golf course where he also keeps an office. But he said he’d never be too far away from the Chiefs.
“This is always going to be in my blood,” he said. “This is like family.”
The Chiefs lost much more than a game Sunday. It’s hard to imagine the Chiefs without Grigsby. If you’ve ever heard any game on the Chiefs Radio Network than you know his work very well and it will be so odd him not being around next season. I hope they keep his voice on the Price Chopper commercials so we can still hear his voice during games.
If you were at Arrowhead or watching the game on DirecTV outside of the Kansas City metro area, then you got to see Browns backup running Jerome Harrison run for a franchise record 286 yards. The owner of the record he broke, Jim Brown, happened to be at Arrowhead Stadium to watch Harrison run wild.
“He was a man today,” said Brown. “He made his cuts, his acceleration was tremendous. He broke some tackles, he made some people miss. When he got in space, there was no catching him.
“I’ve been talking to him as much as I can talk to and trying to help in every way I could. To see him perform and see the offensive line open up those kinds of holes, it was just a great day.”
I don’t want to take anything away from Harrison because he was fantastic and definitely made things happen with some fantastic cuts. With that being said, I think the Browns could have just lined up Derek Anderson at tailback and he could have averaged 4 yards a carry. It seemed like all game long Cleveland was dealing with 2nd and 4. Brady Quinn couldn’t do anything in the air and the Chiefs knew it, yet there was Harrison nearly setting a league record. Ugly.
Next up for the Kansas City Chiefs are the grieving Cincinnati Bengals. Before they start to prepare for Sunday’s game, they will travel as a team to the funeral of their teammate Chris Henry.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday at the Alario Center in Westwego, which is near downtown New Orleans. The Alario Center is the practice facility for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets.
There will be a two-hour public viewing at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. CST with the funeral beginning immediately after. The Bengals will take a chartered flight to New Orleans Tuesday morning and return later that day.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith along with players from other teams are expected to be in attendance. Goodell, Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis and PlayersRep agent Dave Lee, who represented Henry, are among those expected to deliver eulogies.
Besides the NFLPA establishing a memorial fund for Henry, a local trust fund for Henry’s children has been set up at Fifth-Third Bank branches in Dayton, Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky. Checks can be made out to Chris Henry Memorial Fund.
The Chiefs have zero chance to win Sunday’s game in Cincinnati and it has nothing to do with their recent struggles. Paul Brown Stadium will be so full of emotion, I don’t think it would matter the team on the other side of the field. There might have been a chance for Kansas City if the Bengals had won at San Diego yesterday, but losing in the final seconds will only make things harder for the road team this Sunday.