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hermhater
10-26-2007, 01:27 AM
Buck Harvey: A weirdo? Priest does it yet again

Web Posted: 10/22/2007 10:44 PM CDT

Buck Harvey
San Antonio Express-News Priest Holmes came back to pick up a last paycheck, right? No. Holmes came back because of his ego. He missed the attention.
Or, for the more sinister theory, Holmes came back to mess with the running back who had taken his place, Larry Johnson.

All of this has been tossed around in Kansas City, including the suggestion last summer that Holmes came to training camp wanting to be cut. "He doesn't want to play for the Chiefs," a Kansas City columnist wrote then. "Not under his current contract."

But that's the way it has been for a career. Holmes goes by his own schedule and his own standards, and when others question his ability, health or motives, he has consistently done one thing.

He did it again Sunday.

Everybody should have seen this coming, because Holmes has spent a lifetime both running against and going against the grain. He came out of San Antonio too small to be a major-college running back, and yet he overcame an ACL injury to help Texas win a Big 12 championship.

He went undrafted, cobbled together a 1,000-yard season, went to a Super Bowl then became a star. After leading the league in rushing with the Chiefs, he made sure everyone understood it was no fluke. He led the league again.
Buck Harvey MailbagGot a question for Buck Harvey? Use the form below and fire away!He hurt a hip only to return to set a touchdown record, and he endured another ACL tear. Then, after returning yet again, he seemingly came to his end two years ago.


Suffering head and neck trauma in 2005, Holmes sat out the rest of that season and all of the next. In his 30s, with a $10 million bonus safely in his pocket, with injuries that will likely stay with him in old age, why would he ever leave San Antonio again?

Holmes acted as if he were finished, too, and this is where his personality has continued to baffle those around him. "He's a weirdo," one of his teammates told a Kansas City reporter. And though the writer said the player didn't mean it in a bad way, it's a reputation that has led to some seeing the worst in Holmes.

He didn't come around last season, for example, planting the idea he isn't a team guy. When he did report this past summer, he referred to a dream as a reason.
Then, with Johnson holding out, Holmes said what teammates never say. If L.J. doesn't want the money, Holmes said, I'll take it.

The package was there for application: Money, ego and spite.

But the details said something else. Carl Peterson, the Chiefs general manager, has said he wanted to keep Holmes on the roster even after the 2005 injury.
Holmes was earning $3.5 million at the time, and Peterson couldn't pay that. So the two agreed to the minimum salary for 2006 and 2007, an annual salary of about $700,000.

"That was my decision," Peterson told the Kansas City media. "I thought it was worth that money to keep Priest Holmes a member of our team. I still felt that he might come back, and I think I know the character of this guy. I thought that was well worth it. And it was a way to pay back our all-time leading rusher."
But that's not the way it was presented by some when Holmes unexpectedly came back last summer. Did Holmes return to pick up the check without working, or did he want to get out of the deal altogether?

Peterson countered with this: "Why can't people just accept Priest Holmes is unlike anybody else?"

He was again Sunday. He'd made his way back through his legendary work ethic, and naturally he was the first Chiefs player on the field. He caught passes from a coach nearly three hours before kickoff.

Then 721 days after his previous NFL play, he trotted out for his next one. Holmes lost 6 yards on a check-down pass.

He would pick up a crucial first down on an 8-yard run late in a tight game, but it's unlikely he will ever come close to what he was. Johnson, established now, ran for over 100 yards in the win.

But nothing is certain when it comes to Holmes. Just when others overlook him, or they think they know him, he reacts the same way every time.
He fools them.



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sling58
10-26-2007, 07:31 AM
Go Priest!

tornadospotter
10-27-2007, 12:33 AM
I Believe in Priest! Just a gut feeling, GO PRIEST AND GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

hermhater
10-27-2007, 12:36 AM
I Believe in Priest! Just a gut feeling, GO PRIEST AND GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Then go with it and bet on the poll that chief31 is gonna make about Priest getting over 50 yards on only 5 carries against Green Bay!!!!

GO CHIEFS!!!!!

tornadospotter
10-27-2007, 12:43 AM
Then go with it and bet on the poll that chief31 is gonna make about Priest getting over 50 yards on only 5 carries against Green Bay!!!!

GO CHIEFS!!!!!
define the bet, I do not think we should look at Priest in rushing yards, we should look at combine yards, rushing and receiving.

hermhater
10-27-2007, 12:46 AM
I Believe in Priest! Just a gut feeling, GO PRIEST AND GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


Then go with it and bet on the poll that chief31 is gonna make about Priest getting over 50 yards on only 5 carries against Green Bay!!!!

GO CHIEFS!!!!!


define the bet, I do not think we should look at Priest in rushing yards, we should look at combine yards, rushing and receiving.

:sign0098:

I say that he will get over 125 total yards from scrimmage!

65 on the ground, and 61 through the air (most of it will be yards after catch though!)

If chief31 puts this up I will bet $50,000 Arrowcash on it!

(hint, hint, wink, wink, nudge, nudge,)

tornadospotter
10-27-2007, 12:52 AM
:sign0098:

I say that he will get over 125 total yards from scrimmage!

65 on the ground, and 61 through the air (most of it will be yards after catch though!)

If chief31 puts this up I will bet $50,000 Arrowcash on it!
(hint, hint, wink, wink, nudge, nudge,)
Go for it chief31. I will bet on this.:sign0153: :yahoo: :lol:

hermhater
10-27-2007, 12:58 AM
Go for it chief31. I will bet on this.:sign0153: :yahoo: :lol:

I think this bye week is really gonna be an eye opener for the Chiefs management.

I will bet 100,000 Arrowcash that we win against Green Bay!

I will also bet $1 that Broyle will start...

:toast2: :yahoo:

Chiefster
10-27-2007, 01:04 AM
I'm glad to see him back!

tornadospotter
10-27-2007, 01:20 AM
I think this bye week is really gonna be an eye opener for the Chiefs management.

I will bet 100,000 Arrowcash that we win against Green Bay!

I will also bet $1 that Broyle will start...

:toast2: :yahoo:
Can you spot me some Arrowcash, so I can match your beer, opps i mean bet