RB Priest Holmes heading for Chiefs Hall of Fame

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Former Chiefs running back Priest Holmes has been named as the 2014 inductee into the Chiefs Hall of Fame, the team announced Saturday.

Nov 11, 2007; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chiefs running back Priest Holmes (31) against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 11, 2007; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chiefs running back Priest Holmes (31) against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

“It is an honor to announce the induction of Priest Holmes into the Chiefs Hall of Fame,” Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. “On behalf of my family and the entire Chiefs organization I would like to congratulate Priest on a remarkable career.

“As the Chiefs franchise all-time leader in rushing yards, total touchdowns and rushing touchdowns, Priest set a standard for excellence on and off the field during his time in Kansas City. We are grateful for his contributions to the team and the community.”

Holmes becomes the 44th player to be honored by the Chiefs.

While the Chiefs will celebrate the announcement during the 101 Awards banquet Saturday night, Holmes’ official enshrinement ceremony is scheduled for Chiefs Alumni Weekend at Arrowhead Stadium during the fall.

Holmes, a native of San Antonio, joined the NFL in 1997 with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Texas.

After spending four seasons with the Ravens, which included Baltimore’s Super Bowl XXXV championship team in 2000, Holmes signed with the Chiefs in 2001 where he played through 2007.

While with the Chiefs, Holmes emerged as one of the NFL’s dynamic rushers, totaling 6,070 yards rushing with 76 touchdowns. A versatile running back out of the backfield, he added 2,377 yards receiving and seven touchdowns on 251 receptions.

Holmes and Larry Johnson are the only two running backs in team history to amass 2,000 total yards from scrimmage in a season. Holmes accomplished the feat in three straight seasons from 2001 to 2003.

The former Longhorn was a three-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler for the Chiefs. Holmes was also named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2002.