One of the NFL's truly gracious players, threw in the towel yesterday when Priest Holmes retired from the game he graced for a decade. NFL fans know well the story of Holmes, a backup to Ricky Williams for the Texas Longhorns, later a backup to Jamal Williams on the Baltimore Ravens. Playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, Holmes captivated the NFL as the best running back in the universe from 2001 - 2005. In 2005, Holmes season was cut short when he suffered a serious neck injury in a helmet to helmet hit by San Diego juicer Shawne Merriman. It appears that the injury left Holmes vulnerable and exposed; he suffered another injury during the game at Indianapolis last week as he attempted a courageous comeback with the Chiefs.
The Charger's Merriman delivered the fatal blow to Holmes in 2005, a year before 'Lights Out' tested positive for nandrolone, leading to a 4 game suspension. It would be illogical to assume Merriman's positive test represented a brief flirtation with juicing; indeed under scrutiny, Merriman's 2007 performance seems to be inferior to his prior 'roided-up career (With Leather).
If we seem bitter about 'Lights Out' putting Holme's lights out, it is because we are tired of records by respectable and honest athletes falling to drug-cheating juicers (re: Hank Aaron), as the media offers excuses for juicers.
Juicing is cheating, and perjury is lying. A little honesty and a little integrity would be extremely valuable in the world today.
Is that a little gynecomastia on the GQ man up there?