Former Chiefs running back Priest Holmes brings ‘Got Milk?’ campaign to Valley Falls

Vanessa Heinen and Mikela WynkoopVanessa Heinen and Mikela Wynkoop check each other’s “Got Milk?” mustaches before the dance team performed for an assembly Nov. 17 at Valley Falls schools.

Story and photos by Clarke Davis

Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes greeted Valley Falls middle and high school students Nov. 17 at a rally to honor coach Lori Glissman.

Glissman obtained a $1,000 “Got Milk?” grant for the athletes at the school to refuel after their workouts.

Chiefs running back Priest Holmes

Former Chiefs running back Priest Holmes

The Refuel Grant program, sponsored by the “Got Milk?” campaign, recognizes coaches who have changed their team’s recovery game plan to include lowfat chocolate milk to help give teen athletes the competive edge.

Holmes, 37, who now lives in San Antonio, Texas, addressed the importance of nutrition and told the students it was just as important to refuel after the game as it was to prepare in advance.

He said the professional football players are provided with dieticians and nutritionists who always include milk in their dietary plans.

He fielded questions from the student body and said he had toured the school and saw the first-class facilities the students are provided.

He advised them to take advantage of everything the local school has provided for them and go beyond the ordinary to fulfill their dreams.

At 5-9 and 210 pounds, Holmes is small in comparison to the size of most football players today.

“I was told I was too small and too slow for the game,” he said. “But they couldn’t measure the size of my heart and my desire.”

“Follow your dream and don’t give up,” he said.

Holmes is a Fort Smith, Ark., native. He was originally signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 1997 after playing college football at Texas.

He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV. He experienced breakout success after signing with the Chiefs as a free agent in 2001. During his seven-year stint with the Chiefs, Holmes was a three-time All-Pro, three-time Pro Bowl selection and was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2002. Holmes sat out the 2006 season with a neck injury, and after a brief comeback attempt in 2007 retired from the NFL.

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