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Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Ernie Holmes

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Holmes was selected by Pittsburgh Steelers in the eighth round of the 1971 NFL Draft.[4] He was part of the legendary Steel Curtain defense along with fellow linemen Joe Greene, Dwight White, and L. C. Greenwood. While quarterback sacks were not an official NFL statistic until 1982, the Steelers credit Holmes with a career total of 40, eighth on the franchise’s all-time list. This includes team-high totals of 11 in 1974 (including a stretch of six consecutive games with a sack, which ties him with Greene and Greg Lloyd for the longest such streak in team history) and 10.5 in 1975.

“Ernie was one of the toughest players to ever wear a Steelers uniform, at his best, he was an intimidating player who even the toughest of opponents did not want to play against.”

— Steelers chairman Dan Rooney

He was intensely fierce on the playing field and was often characterized as the most feared man on the Steelers defense.

Holmes played six seasons with the Steelers before being traded due to on-going weight problems in 1978 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he failed to make the team coming out of preseason. He played three games for the New England Patriots in 1978 before retiring.Holmes’ number 63 was later issued to All-Pro center Dermontti Dawson. The number has since been taken out of circulation as being “unofficially retired” in honor of Dawson.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday salutes Ernie Holmes.

Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Sacks 40
Games 84
Seasons 7

 

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