Priest Holmes will be the fourth Kansas City Chiefs running back inducted to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame when he goes in with the Class of 2011 on Sunday.
“Priest’s tremendous work ethic and perseverance took him from unheralded beginnings as an undrafted free agent to one of the most electrifying and productive offensive players to ever play for the Chiefs,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “On behalf of my family and the entire Chiefs organization, we congratulate Priest on this well-deserved honor.”
In total, Holmes saw action in 113 career regular season games (82 starts) with Baltimore (’97-00) and Kansas City (2001-07). He carried the ball 1,780 times for 8,712 yards (4.6 avg.) with 86 TDs and caught 339 passes for 2,962 yards (8.7 avg.) with eight scores. Holmes also saw duty in five playoff contests (two starts), rushing 42 times for 221 yards (5.3 avg.) with two TDs and captained a Baltimore squad that captured a victory in Super Bowl XXXV vs. the N.Y. Giants.
Holmes entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Baltimore in ’97 after a stellar collegiate career at the University of Texas. He is enshrined in the University of Texas Hall of Honor after registering 252 carries for 1,276 yards (5.1 avg.) with 20 TDs during his career with the Longhorns.
Not too shabby for Holmes to now be in the Missouri Hall of Fame with other former Chiefs running backs Marcus Allen, Christian Okoye and Curtis McClinton. I wouldn’t mind seeing a few more players from that explosive Kansas City offense — Willie Roaf and Trent Green immediately come to mind, while Will Shields was inducted in 2009 — be a part of future classes.
Holmes will be viewed by history as both one of the best Chiefs free agent signings in their history as well as one of the best undrafted free agents to ever play in the league.