Priest Carried The Load

Despite the fact Priest Holmes gained a Kansas City Chiefs playoff record 176 yards on the ground last Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, his team still ended up on the short end of 38-31 playoff loss.

On a day when the Chiefs defense was, well, the Chiefs defense, Priest Holmes ran like no running back had ever done before in Chiefs playoff history.

Holmes' 176 yards broke the previous Chiefs playoff rushing mark of 130 set by Barry Word in 1990 against the L.A. Raiders.

Holmes gained the 176 yards on 24 carries. That's 7.3 yards per carry. And Holmes had a lot of help. The Chiefs offensive line dominated the Colts. The Colts front four were routinely driven 10 to 15 yards off the ball.

"Not only was he great but the offensive line was great. Anytime somebody runs for that many yards and averages over seven yards a carry, the offensive line is doing a pretty good job and guys downfield are doing a good job," Chiefs QB Trent Green said.

Holmes' 24 carries were the second most by a Chiefs back, bested only Barry Word's 33 carries against L.A. Holmes' 48 yard run early in the third quarter was the longest run in Chiefs playoff history. And Holmes tied a Chiefs single-game playoff record with two rushing touchdowns.

"I definitely felt that way today (explosive.) It was a big game for us - the first time we've been in the playoffs. I couldn't wait until today and unfortunately it ended," Holmes said after the game Sunday.

The season may be over, but Holmes' career with the Chiefs is just getting started.

Holmes entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 1997. And after spending four seasons with Baltimore, and winning a Super Bowl ring, on April 21, 2001 Priest Holmes signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs.

And Holmes enjoyed a remarkable debut season with the Chiefs, when he led the NFL in rushing with 1, 555 yards rushing. Holmes also contributed 614 yards as a receiver and scored 8 touchdowns.

As good as Holmes was in year one; he was even better in years two and three.

In 2002 Holmes was named the Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1, 614 yards and scored 24 touchdowns before a hip injury sidelined Holmes for the final two games of the season.

In 2003, coming off hip surgery in March, Holmes started all 16 games, ran for over 1400 yards and set the NFL record for touchdowns in a season with 27. And in addition to those numbers, Holmes gained nearly 700 yards receiving and Holmes was selected to his third straight Pro Bowl.

In three short seasons as a member of the Chiefs, Holmes is second on the Chiefs all-time rushing list with 4, 590 yards, (Christian Okoye is first with 4,857) and Holmes is the Chiefs all-time leader in rushing touchdowns with 56 and the team's all-time leader in total touchdowns with 61.

"Incredible. He just never lets up. You can't say enough about him," Green said.

And with Holmes agreeing to a four-year contract extension in September, Chiefs fans can look for more of the same from Holmes in the future.

"The one thing is that I'm still healthy and we have another year of football to play. And I'm real excited about that." Top Stories