Bob Gretz has been writing and talking about sports for over 37 years, spending most of his time covering the National Football League. But along the way he’s covered college football and basketball, professional golf, minor league hockey, the NBA and more. Over his career, he’s covered more than two dozen Super Bowls, more than a dozen Final Fours, the World Series, all four of pro golf’s major championship including four British Opens and the Winter Olympics.
But the NFL has been his beat, and that began with the 1977 season of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he followed them through two Super Bowl championships and into the 1980 season when the black and gold dynasty ended.
In 1981, he moved to Kansas City to cover the Chiefs for the Kansas City Times and Kansas City Star, and he’s been hanging around Arrowhead Stadium ever since, throughÂ 10 head coaches and hundreds of players.Â He spent 18 years as part of the Chiefs Radio Network where he was the managing program director of the game broadcasts along withÂ hosting pre and post-game shows, providing sideline reports during the game and handlingÂ weekly shows for players, head coaches and the team’s general manager. HeÂ wasÂ the lead columnist on the team’s website kcchiefs.com for 10 years.
Along the way he’s also done work for Sports Illustrated and Sporting News.Â In 1994, his book “Hail to the Chiefs”Â was published, covering not only the team’s 1993 season, but its history.Â His writing has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the Pro Football Writers of America and the Golf Writers of America.
Gretz grew up in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (yes the Groundhog town!) and received a bachelor’s of arts degree from Point Park University in Pittsburgh.