Marc Sessler, Around the NFL Writer
Date: July 12, 2012

Many of us watched former All-Pro running back Priest Holmes slice through defenses for years, but we never saw the game through his eyes.

Holmes says he suffered multiple head-to-head shots during his days with the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs. Many of those hits left him dizzy. Some left him seeing colors, stars — other worlds.

“This color obviously isn’t going to be blue. It can be a color that can be orange. It can be red. The sky could turn green,” Holmes recently told Chris Corbellini of “There’s even an episode where you see a clear light, like light at the end of the tunnel.”

Priest Holmes acknowledged he didn’t worry about his health during the prime of his NFL career. He’d reached a mountaintop, finally making a living at football. There’s little desire to face the consequences when you’re rolling.

Now he has no choice.

“The frontal headaches, the migraines,” Holmes said. “Laying in bed, it’s tough to get out mornings just because of the pain that is setting in with an arthritic condition, it’s things like that that you never would have really thought about.”


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