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Priest Holmes, By the Numbers

In case you forgot in the 20 or so months that Priest Holmes has been out of professional football, here are his all-time stats. First off, the rushing stats.

Year Team G GS Att Yds Avg Lg TD 20+ 1st
1997 Baltimore Ravens 7 0 0 0 --- 0 0 0 0
1998 Baltimore Ravens 16 13 233 1008 4.3 56 7 5 54
1999 Baltimore Ravens 9 4 89 506 5.7 72 1 3 20
2000 Baltimore Ravens 16 2 137 588 4.3 21 2 2 38
2001 Kansas City Chiefs 16 16 327 1555 4.8 41 8 11 80
2002 Kansas City Chiefs 14 14 313 1615 5.2 56 21 9 100
2003 Kansas City Chiefs 16 16 320 1420 4.4 31 27 6 88
2004 Kansas City Chiefs 8 8 196 892 4.6 33 14 3 56
2005 Kansas City Chiefs 7 7 119 451 3.8 35 6 3 29
2006 Kansas City Chiefs 0 0 0 0 --- 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 109 80 1734 8035 4.6 72 86 42 465

And the receiving stats...

Year Team G GS Rec Yds Avg Lg TD 20+ 40+ 1st
1997 Baltimore Ravens 7 0 0 0 --- 0 0 0 0 0
1998 Baltimore Ravens 16 13 43 260 6 25 0 1 0 10
1999 Baltimore Ravens 9 4 13 104 8 34 1 1 0 6
2000 Baltimore Ravens 16 2 32 221 6.9 27 0 1 0 11
2001 Kansas City Chiefs 16 16 62 614 9.9 67 2 5 2 21
2002 Kansas City Chiefs 14 14 70 672 9.6 64 3 6 3 30
2003 Kansas City Chiefs 16 16 74 690 9.3 36 0 7 0 36
2004 Kansas City Chiefs 8 8 19 187 9.8 52 1 3 1 7
2005 Kansas City Chiefs 7 7 21 197 9.4 60 1 3 1 7
2006 Kansas City Chiefs 0 0 0 0 --- 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 109 80 334 2945 8.8 67 8 27 7 128

Between 2002 and 2004, Priest Holmes ran for 62 TDs in only 38 games. Between 2001 and 2003, he racked up 4,590 rushing yards. While great for the fantasy stats, the Priest Holmes era in Kansas City did not result in a Super Bowl win (obviously) or even a playoff win. If Priest can come back and contribute at all this season, he'll play a role where perhaps his presence could be the catalyst for a playoff win (SB win in '08 or '09 for those who are asking). Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying the Chiefs are legit playoff contenders right now. I'm just looking out the window dreaming of those slow, patient sweeps; the dump passes that net 60 yards; the strolls into the endzone; and the demeanor of a calm, quiet football player who imposed his will on opposing defenses.

If Priest is back and well enough to play, I hope we get to see as many flashes of his brilliance as possible.