Priest Holmes graduates from Texas 19 years later

At one point, he may have been the best back in the game. Priest Holmes set the NFL single-season rushing record in 2003 with 27 touchdowns. However, following a sharp decline to his career, Holmes retired from professional football in 2007.

Following his retirement, Holmes began work with the NFLPA and became a huge contributor in his hometown city of San Antonio.

Now, nineteen years after leaving Longhorn nation, and eight years after he walked away from the National Football League, Holmes may have a new crowning achievement. Priest Holmes is now officially a graduation of the University of Texas.

Working through this past spring, Holmes attended classes twice a week to finish any coursework that was left over from his previous time at the university. Last October Holmes was involved with the management of the quarterly conference for the NFLPA. Following the conference which focused on professional development and aid in returning to college, Holmes was set on returning to school.

When asked by UT Athletics about the October events, Holmes responded, “I got fired up to finish that degree, it really motivated me and gave me that passion.”

Almost two decades after leaving the University of Texas, Priest Holmes graduated with an applied learning and development degree from the College of Education.

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