Priest Anthony Holmes also known as Priest Holmes is a former American Football Running Back. He played 11 sessions in the National Football League (NFL). In 1997, he signed a deal with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent.
He was grounded in the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2014. Priest Holmes took official retirement from his football journey on November 21, 2007.
|Real Name||Priest Anthony Holmes|
|Nickname||Priest Holmes, Holmes, Priest|
|Profession||American Football Running Back|
|Date of Birth||7 October, 1973|
|Age (as in 2021)||48 years|
|Birthplace||Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States of America|
|Hometown||Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States of America|
|Current Residence||Lee's Summit, Missouri (MO), US|
|School||John Marshall High School|
|College/University||University of Texas|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet inches- 5'9"
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 95 kg
in pounds- 209 lbs
|Debut||Baltimore Ravens (1997–2000)|
|Awards & Achievements||Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award|
|Relationships & Affairs|
|Parents||Father- Herman Morris (Stepfather)
|Net Worth (approx.)||$15 million|
Priest Holmes took birth on October 7, 1973, in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Priest Holmes’s stepfather is in the military, so he was raised in a military surrounding. His stepfather Herman was an aircraft technician at Kelly Air Force Base for 20 years.
When Priest Holmes was 13, he spent a long time in Detroit, Michigan. Holmes worked there for his grandfather’s lawn care service.
Priest Holmes acknowledged that he used to work with much older men for 12 hours a day, six days a week, but this work style helped him learn work ethics, which also helped him be a footballer.
He used to play street football with his neighborhood children, which led him to be a footballer in his later life.
Priest Holmes’s biological father’s name is not known correctly, but he carries the last name of his biological father. Priest Holmes’s mother is Norma Morris, and his stepfather is Herman Morris. Holmes was raised in San Antonio by his mother and stepfather.
Education/College & More
Priest Holmes started his schooling at John Marshall High School. In his School life, he set off as a starter for head coach David Visentine. In 1991, he rushed for 2,061 yards and helped his team to a runner-up finish in the state championship game.
Later, Priest Holmes went to the University of Texas from 1992 to 1996. During his college life, he played in the final seven games of his freshman season.
Soon, he was noticed as the best junior player who had an average of over five yards per carrying for the second straight season as a sophomore.
During his whole college life games, he addressed himself as his first name Priest. Previously he addressed himself with his middle name Anthony.
After his college life with a graduation in 1997, Priest Holmes joined Baltimore Ravens, where his position was an undrafted free agent.
On September 24, 1997, Holmes made his professional regular-season debut. Priest Holmes also appeared in seven games as a rookie in 1997.
Priest Holmes attended the training camp in 1998. During this training camp, the head coach Ted Marchibroda named Holmes the third running back on the depth chart to begin the regular season. However, he was behind Errict Rhett and Jay Graham.
On September 6, 1998, Holmes had six carries for 23 rushing yards. He also caught two passes for four receiving yards when they were in a 20-13 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In the 1998 season with the Baltimore Ravens, Holmes rushed for over 1,000 yards. This event helped the team to win. That was the highest single-game total of the season.
In the 2000 season, he took place as a starter by rookie running back Jamal Lewis. That time, Ravens won the Super Bowl XXXV with the help of Priest Holmes.
In 2001, Priest Holmes had signed a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. In his first session with the Kansas City Chiefs, he exceeded expectations. He rushed with 1,555 yards for the 2001 NFL season, becoming the first undrafted player who made this exception.
Due to his severe hip injuries, Priest Holmes missed the final two games in the 2002 NFL season. But he rushed for 1,615 yards with 21 touchdowns.
Priest Holmes and Emmitt Smith are the only two running backs in NFL history who have had non-stop seasons with 20 or more rushing touchdowns.
Again in the 2005 season, Priest Holmes was cut short by an injury to his spinal column on October 30, 2005. His position was replaced for the season by backup Larry Johnson.
Also, his spinal injury didn’t let him play in the 2006 pre-season. And finally, Priest Holmes was placed on the Chiefs’ Physically Unable to Perform list for the 2006 season.
After many medical tests and reports, Priest Holmes again reported to the Chiefs’ training camp in July 2007.
On November 21, 2007, Priest Holmes finally announced his official retirement after re-injuring his neck.
When Priest Holmes announced his retirement, he was the Chiefs’ all-time leader for career rushing touchdowns (76), total touchdowns (83), and career rushing yards (6,070).
The whole team of Priest Holmes inducted him into the Chiefs Hall of Fame during the 2014 season on November 2 at halftime of a game against the New York Jets.
Relationship, Girlfriend, Wife, & Affairs
Not much data is known about his girlfriend. Till now, Priest Holmes is not dating anyone. He is not married either. He has no children.
Priest Holmes possesses a net worth of nearly $15 million approx. He mainly earns from playing football and commercials.
Priest Holmes is 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm) tall and a fit sportsperson. He weighed nearly 213 lbs (97 kgs). His eye color is black, and he has black hair.
Interesting Facts About Priest Holmes
- Priest Holmes’s ethnicity is Black.
- Priest Holmes was nominated for the Best NFL Player ESPY Award.
- Priest Holmes loves to play chess.
- When Priest Holmes was in his childhood days and early school life, he used to play Centipede and Tecmo Bowl.