Holmes Announces Retirement

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ESPN - Four-time Pro Bowl tailback Priest Holmes, who returned to the field with the Kansas City Chiefs last month following nearly two years of inactivity, has decided to leave the game, and announced his retirement at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

Holmes, 34, spent the past few days counseling with family members and friends, and speaking with medical experts about a re-occurrence of the neck problems that sidelined him for two years, two sources close to him told ESPN.com on Tuesday night. The decision to retire came after Holmes suffered three hits in last Sunday's game at Indianapolis that left him with some tingling in his extremities.

Chiefs team president Carl Peterson told Holmes to go home Tuesday and to take the night to sleep on his decision, ESPN.com's John Clayton reported. According to a source, it wasn't that Holmes re-injured his neck as much as he experienced a recurrence of the symptoms that led to his 18-month layoff.

"After the third [hit]," a source close to Holmes told ESPN.com on Wednesday, "it was like Priest thought, 'Maybe this is God's way of telling me this is it.' [Coach) Herm Edwards asked him, when he came out after the third hit, if he could go back in, and it was like, 'Uh, let me think about this.' He kind of knew that was the message that this was it for him."

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It's a bummer he is having injury problems but you know what he's making the right call here.
Oh, no doubt, I agree with you. Priest is pretty smart, he listened to his body which many ahtletes in his situation do not. Most guys want to get back on the field so bad, that they are risking their well being just to play a sport. It's very hard to walk away from the sport that you mastered at, what you do for a living and what you do pretty darn well too. But Holmes has been riddled with injury throughout his career, his body has taken alot of wear and tear over his years in the NFL. I think that he has relized that if he continues playing football any longer, he is putting himself in risk of injury himself alot worse, causing permanent damage.

Priest was the all-time leading rusher for the Chiefs and will never be forgotten. I hope Priest has a great life ahead of him, I wish the best to him and his family.
 

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He tried to come back, and his neck couldn't take it anymore, so he decided to call it quits before he gets injured or even worst get paralyzed. It was probably really hard for him to quit, because he's been defying odds during his whole football career. He was a plessure to watch dominating the game and he'll surely be miss.