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JL’s Week Seven Observations

Priest Holmes

As mentioned in my article last week, Priest Holmes is my favorite athlete in the history of sports. I could go on and on about how great he is and the amazing things he does. I will try and keep this short and sweet but I just don’t think people out there realize the greatness this man possesses. Not only was he not drafted, but he lost his starting running back job to

Jamal Lewis in Baltimore. The Kansas City Chiefs then signed him(the best front office move in franchise history) and people questioned whether he was an every down back. He proved it in 2001 and 2002 as he was named first team NFL All-Pro. Most people realize that part of the story.

What you might forget is that he injured his hip in Week 15 of 2002, an injury similar to the one that ended

Bo Jackson‘s career. Well Priest is not Bo Jackson, he is a much better football player, displaying that every week in 2003, crushing the single season rushing TD mark. In 2004, Priest was on pace to break many more records as he totaled over 1,000 total yards and 15 scores in only 8 games before tearing his MCL. Career over again right? Not many 32 year old recover from major knee injuries. Well Priest is not a normal 32 year old back either. Priest returned in 2005, playing at a very high level while rotating with

Larry Johnson. On October 30, 2005

Shawne Merriman hit Priest and knocked him out, as Priest suffered a major neck and spinal injury. His career was for sure over this time. Every expert in the nation wrote him off. No shot he would ever come back, and when he showed up at Chiefs camp this past summer, everyone said it had to be a scam and thought it was a big joke. Well if you thought that, you know nothing about Priest Holmes, he not only played this past weekend but he was in the game in crunch time. With 3 minutes left in the game and the Chiefs up 2 points, a player who had not been on the field in almost two full years was in the game over a player who had just rushed for back-to-back 1,700 yard seasons. Priest showed his vision and burst were still very much prevalent with the only 8 yard run in NFL history that sent chills down my spine. Priest Holmes proved everyone wrong once again. If you doubt Priest still has the skills at 34 years old to be effective, you still have not learned your lesson; maybe someday you will. That day will probably be November 4th, 2007 at Arrowhead Stadium when the Chiefs host Green Bay and Priest Holmes returns to his one and only true home, the endzone.

Quick Hits

I think

Bill Belichick is holding a grudge against the rest of the NFL since the videogate scandal. He is making sure

Tom Brady shatters every major passing record so that people stop questioning the true greatness of the Patriots. 27 touchdown passes in 7 games, thats basically 4 a game folks.

The New York Giants are making a case that they are the best team in the NFC, right now it would be hard to make a case that they aren’t. The Cowboys defense is not on the same level as theirs and the Redskins offense is not explosive to say the least. The Packers have too many questions in the running game to be held as the best in the conference.

Eli Manning is playing as good at quarterback as anyone in the league not named Peyton or Tom.

If you define athletic ability by using such terms as jumping ability, speed, acceleration, hand-eye coordination and body control; then

Randy Moss might just be the best athlete walking the planet in present time.

It is just mind numbing thinking about how

Shaun Alexander went from league MVP in 2005 to a slow, old back with no burst or power in 2007. For all you people who love when backs hit the wall at 30 years old, this is your guy.

This is the banner year for handcuffs in fantasy football.

Sammy Morris,

Kenny Watson and

Kenton Keith all have had 20 point games in their appearances as the starting RB after the original starter went down.

Jesse Chatman will get his chance now as

Ronnie Brown suffered a very unfortunate injury this past Sunday.

Anyone see that UCONN punt returner fair catch that punt and then return it for a touchdown? I just wonder how the referees did not catch that. What else are they looking for? Gotta love refs these days.

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