Not to be outdone by 74-year old college graduate Bobby Bell, former KC Chiefs RB Priest Holmes graduated from Texas nearly 20 years later at 41 years old. The University of Texas website has a great story on Holmes, who broke the NFL's single season rushing touchdown record with the Chiefs 12 years ago (it really has been that long).
Since retiring from the NFL in 2007, Holmes has focused on philanthropic work in his native San Antonio while also serving the NFL Players Association (NFLPA). As president of the NFLPA's San Antonio chapter, Holmes was active in planning and organizing the quarterly conference last October in Dallas. The majority of the programming focuses on providing professional development, including informational sessions about returning to college to complete degree requirements.
Holmes was affected by what he heard.
"I got fired up to finish that degree," he said. "It really motivated me and gave me that passion."
With the assistance of Texas Athletics' academic services staff, Holmes was able to determine the course work that he needed to graduate. During the spring semester, Holmes drove to Austin from San Antonio on Wednesdays and Thursdays to attend classes.
Go read the story. And congrats to PRRRRRIIIIIIIEEEEESSSSSTTTT!