About Priest Holmes
Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Priest Holmes was raised in San Antonio, Texas, which he calls home. Holmes played football at John Marshall High School, where he led his school to the state championship game.
After graduating from high school in 1992, he attended the University of Texas at Austin.
In 1997, his NFL Career took him to play for the Baltimore Ravens, earning a ring in Super Bowl XXXV. In 2001, he joined the Kansas City Chiefs where he set team records in career rushing attempts, career rushing yards, career rushing touchdowns, and total touchdowns.
In 2007, his legendary collegiate and post-collegiate accomplishments were commemorated with an induction in the UT Longhorn Hall of Honor in Austin, Texas and the Texas High School Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas.
Since retiring from the NFL, Priest is once again calling San Antonio his home and has become one of the city’s most active philanthropists.
Career Accomplishments & Highlights
First 1,000yd Rusher for the Baltimore Ravens (1998)
Super Bowl XXXV (2000)
3x Pro Bowl Selection (2001, 2002, 2003)
NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2002)
NFL Touchdown Record (2003)
Ed Block Courage Award (2004)
The Formation of The Priest Holmes Foundation (2005)
How Priest worked hard to accomplish these career goals
"Perfecting that one play in practice. Taking something that was drawn out on the board, practicing it throughout the week and perfecting it. Taking a simple concept and creating magic on a Sunday afternoon is what drove me to strive for excellence during my 11 year career in the NFL."
The Vision Behind the Priest Holmes Foundation
The Priest Holmes Foundation Motto:
Enhancing the lives of children
Empowering our youth
Encourage, Enhance, Empower are the three words that ecompassed the vison that I had when developing the Priest Holmes Foundation in 2005. I chose these words as the motto for my foundation because I too, use them as the building blocks to my successes in life.
Encourage - Many people have encouraged me over the years. When someone sees potential in you, believes in you or speaks encouraging words to you it can make all the difference in the decisions you make from an early age to adulthood. Now that I am in a position to give back, I want to encourage youth to make decisions that will help them reach their academic, athletic and social goals.
Enhance - "Work ethic is key. My grandfather taught me the importance of a strong work ethic at an early age. When I was 13 years old I spent an entire summer with him in Detriot, Michigan mowing lawns. During this summer I learned the value of a strong work ethic. Before I could begin mowing lawns I had to learn the scope of the business. For an entire month my job consisted of watching the older men mow the lawn, carrying and cleaning the equipment and cleaning up grass before I could operate a lawn mower. The interesting part of this summer job is that my grandfather required me to work the entire summer before I was given a paycheck. The key lesson here is "work before reward". Often times, you have to put in the work first in order to experience the reward. This valuable lesson truly enhanced my life in every capacity and has stayed with me over the years. I apply the "work before reward" concept to many of the things that I do each day."
Empower - Once I realized my ability to make people miss it became my ace of spade. From the moment I knew that I had this ability I used it as something to lean on. Something to use as a tool to push myself forward the next chapter of my life.
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