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KingPriest2
06-06-2006, 09:32 AM
Holmes hasn’t hung them up
After keeping his intentions to himself, Chiefs running back said he wants to play football again.
By ELIZABETH MERRILL
The Kansas City Star

JOHN SLEEZER | THE KANSAS CITY STAR)
Chiefs running back Priest Holmes, who has been out of the spotlight, was the center of attention at a youth football camp Monday.

WARRENSBURG, Mo. | - WARRENSBURG, Mo. | The ghost showed up late Monday afternoon, and a pile a kids surrounded him, touched him and chanted.

Word was that Priest Holmes hadn’t been keeping his normal workout routine — he’s ripped enough to bench-press Herm Edwards — and that his neck injury surely means he’ll never play football again.

But that’s what being a mystery man is all about. Keeping people guessing. Seven months after Holmes’ helmet-to-helmet collision, five months after his starting job was given to Larry Johnson, Holmes said Monday that he still wants to play football.

“Why wouldn’t I?” he said. “It’s one thing that’s been engrained in me. I know exactly what to do. I’m a professional, so I could actually go out there with no practice at all and still be able to mentally be ready to go play.

“Now will I make a mistake? Yes, because I’ll be rusty. (I) haven’t been practicing … But being a professional, I could go back out there and score touchdowns.”

Holmes, a Pro Bowl running back who has always shunned the spotlight, has been particularly elusive this offseason. He went on injured reserve in November and then retreated to his home in San Antonio while the locals speculated on his future. Holmes, who was in the area Monday for the Offense-Defense Sports camp at Central Missouri State, has been seeing spinal specialist Robert Watkins.

Holmes said he still hasn’t been cleared for contact and he’s left it in his doctors’ hands to decide when he’ll be ready to play. Asked whether his final evaluation will happen before training camp next month, Holmes said he didn’t know.

Asked whether the doctors could conclude that he’d never play again, he said, “Ultimately, I believe at the end of the day, it is my final say, my final decision. Will I take what they say to heart and really think about it? I will once the time comes.

“I feel great. Now medically, what I’ve been told is that I need to wait and not make a quick decision based on the excitement and feeling as though I feel great and I can get out there.”

Holmes will be 33 in October, he’s been to three Pro Bowls, and holds the franchise’s career rushing record. But he said Monday that there are still some things to accomplish. He played on a Super Bowl championship team in Baltimore but had just four carries in that game for 8 yards.

He was always considered “the other guy” until he came to Kansas City and broke an NFL record for most touchdowns in a three-year span. He said he isn’t frustrated that his career is in limbo.

“Not at all,” he said. “You have to remember how I came up. I was never one who was just handed the starting position. I was never one just told, ‘Here’s a contract, go run with it and show us later.’ I was the one who had to show first and then was rewarded. For me to be in limbo right now, that’s something I’ve been prepared for.”

Johnson had a Pro Bowl season when Holmes went down, but the Chiefs are eagerly anticipating a final doctors’ decision. Coach Herm Edwards plans to run more this year and has said repeatedly that Johnson can’t carry the entire load.

His healthy backups currently consist of little-used Dee Brown and former Broncos running back Quentin Griffin. Rookie free agent Derrick Ross, from Tarleton State, has also shown promise but is considered a raw prospect.

The Chiefs also have been talking to Saints running back Michael Bennett.

“There’s nothing a coach would rather do than to make sure he has someone plugged in to be able to carry that torch,” Holmes said.

Holmes has been trying to keep the same routine he’s had since 1998. He’s working out at home, catching up with his family, riding his motorcycle, and doing camps.

He held hands with a group of kids late Monday and reminded them that size and speed aren’t everything. Holmes was considered too small to play in the NFL, and certainly wasn’t on anyone’s hot list. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent.

“Are you ready?” he shouted to the kids.

He was so excited he dropped his car keys in the pile. He yelled, “Let’s go, team.”

Holmes plans to meet with the team while he’s in the area. There are plenty of new faces, and he said that excites him.

“It doesn’t change,” he said. “The only thing (different) right now is I’m not putting on any pads.”

FAX
06-06-2006, 10:17 AM
Stoked.

That's the word I would use to describe my feelings if Priest comes back. With LJ handling the heavy lifting and a healthy Priest working the edges and third downs as a back up, this could possibly be the greatest rushing tandem of all times.

What is stoked, anyway?

FAX

the Talking Can
06-06-2006, 10:20 AM
it's a been how long and we still have no idea exactly what is wrong with him....dude is cryptic

Fried Meat Ball!
06-06-2006, 10:28 AM
Stoked.

...

What is stoked, anyway?

FAX
From Wikipedia: ... A signature word of Californians and means pumped up, excited and ready. General use might be, "Man I am so stoked about that ramp!"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoked

greg63
06-06-2006, 11:35 AM
Stoked.

That's the word I would use to describe my feelings if Priest comes back. With LJ handling the heavy lifting and a healthy Priest working the edges and third downs as a back up, this could possibly be the greatest rushing tandem of all times.

What is stoked, anyway?

FAX

That would be great! An LJ, Holmes combo would be awesome. However, having said thus I think Holmes is a long way from coming back; in a Chiefs uniform, but I hope I'm wrong.

Mecca
06-06-2006, 03:27 PM
I hope the Chiefs aren't acting as if there's no question he'll be back......I'm not exactly comfortable with Dee Brown and Quentin Griffin.

sedated
06-06-2006, 03:33 PM
It would be cool to have him back.

But it ain't gonna happen.

He needs to forget the paycheck and sit down so he can play with his kids when they grow up.

How horrific would it be if, amongst great excitement and anticipation, he goes out and, on his first play back, gets hit again and has to leave on a stretcher.

This just reminds me too much of Friday Night Lights.

ChiefsOne
06-06-2006, 03:40 PM
Holmes has been my favorite player since coming to the Chiefs. I really hope he comes back, but not counting on it. If he is completely cleared he should play if there is any question it wouldn't be worth it.

He has been pissing me off lately by ignoring the the press and the team. All he had to do was man up and be part of the team until the final word is in.

Dunit35
06-06-2006, 04:50 PM
Does anyone have the shot of him getting hit or whatever. How don't know how people say Merriman did it? He hit him in the head with his arm and it wasn't a helmet to helmet hit.