Skip to main content

Kansas City Chiefs Official Team Website |

Five Things To Know About Chiefs Offensive Lineman Ben Grubbs

Getting to know one of the Chiefs’ newest offensive linemen


Grubbs is not a player who will take a lot of penalties.

Grubbs played for Auburn University from 2003 to 2006, and in 50 games (38 starts), he was penalized just four times in 2,331 career plays. In his eight-year NFL career (122 games played), he has only taken 21 penalties, way less than one penalty a game.

Grubbs already has a relationship with Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford, the only other player on the current Chiefs roster who played at Auburn University.
Grubbs, who is from Alabama, met Dee Ford when going back to Auburn to visit his son. Surprisingly though, they didn't meet through the football program, but rather when Grubbs' piano teacher informed him that Ford played at his church.

"I was like, 'Really?'" Grubbs said. "So they invited me to the church and that's how I started talking to Dee Ford. He even offered to give me some lessons … he is unreal on the keyboard. Unreal."

Grubbs said that he and Ford kept in contact via text messaging during Ford's draft process.

"We texted when he was still in Auburn going through that process of being drafted," Grubbs said. "I wished him congratulations, but I haven't heard from him since."

Photos of the Chiefs guard Ben Grubbs

Grubbs survived his house getting destroyed by a tornado when he was 13 years old.
In a Q and A article with the Baltimore Sun in 2009, Grubbs described an experience he had when he was a young child. With he and his brother inside, Grubbs' house was destroyed by a tornado.

"When I was 13, my house got destroyed by a tornado," Grubbs tells the Baltimore Sun. "Ever since then, I've been afraid of storms. I mean, I've grown out of that now, but growing up, it was real tough for my brother and I. Every time it started storming, my brother and I would run up to my grandmother's house."

Grubbs gave out 500 turkeys to New Orleans families on Thanksgiving in 2013.
Grubbs, whose father passed away when he was only five years old, has a foundation that supports single-family homes. Since 2009, Grubbs has distributed Thanksgiving turkeys to needy families, and after moving from the Ravens to the Saints, Grubbs decided to continue that tradition.

"What's so special about Thanksgiving is family," Grubbs said. "It's an opportunity to get together and make some memories. Every year, my mom would come to Baltimore to cook for my teammates and I. Now that I'm married, we want to start our own family tradition."

Grubbs is an avid watch collector.
In a Q and A article with the Baltimore Sun in 2012, Grubbs revealed that he is a huge collector of watches.

"For Christmas, I tell everybody, 'If you can't think of something to get me, just get me a watch,'" he tells the Baltimore Sun. "I love watches."

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content