Well, it looks like these rumors the past 24 hours are beginning to come to fruition. The Priest Holmes era looks to be over almost as fast as it was re-started. The Kansas City Chiefs will hold a press conference today at 12:30 to announce the retirement of Priest Holmes.
"After the third [hit]," a source close to Holmes told ESPN.com on Wednesday, "it was like Priest thought, 'Maybe this is God's way of telling me this is it.' [Coach) Herm Edwards asked him, when he came out after the third hit, if he could go back in, and it was like, 'Uh, let me think about this.' He kind of knew that was the message that this was it for him."
Certainly the end of an era. If this is indeed the end of the road for the Minister of Offense, then it's been one hell of a ride. For the record, Priest ends his career with 1,780 carries for 8,172 yards and 86 touchdowns. But Priest wasn't a one dimensional player, he also ends his career with 339 receptions and 2,962 yards receiving and 8 touchdowns. Priest came to us in 2001 at the beginning of the 'Vermeil Years' and stormed through the NFL record books, specifically his then record setting 27 touchdown performance during the 2003 season in which the Kansas City Chiefs finished 13-3. Thanks for the memories Priest.
As always, please leave any updates in the comments thread and I'll update this post after the press conference. Kind of puts a damper on your day, doesn't it?
Update: The official Chiefs site has reported on Priest Holmes' retirement, thus making it official. A commemorative post on Priest will be coming up soon. I can't believe the ride is over.