Former Chiefs Back Holmes Talks Violent Helmet-to-Helmet Hits

Sporting News wrote today about former Chiefs back Priest Holmes, and he says that at times he got hit so hard, it changed the color of the sky.

Priest Holmes retired after 1,780 carries during an NFL career that spanned more than a decade with the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens. In an interview with The Daily, Holmes describes violent helmet-to-helmet collisions in chilling imagery where the sky changes color, including a bright light in what seems like a near-death experience. “This color obviously isn’t going to be blue. It can be a color that can be orange. It can be red. The sky could turn green,” Holmes told The Daily.

“There’s even an episode where you see a clear light, like light at the end of the tunnel.” Holmes, 38, continues working with his foundation helping children, he also was part of the Longhorn Network last season, doing televised University of Texas sports events. Holmes says he loves football, but it has been difficult dealing with the physical toll on his body. “The frontal headaches, the migraines. Laying in bed, it’s tough to get out mornings just because of the pain that is setting in with an arthritic condition, it’s things like that that you never would have really thought about,” Holmes told The Daily. Holmes, according to the report, is not part of litigation against the NFL for ignoring the dangers of head trauma.


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