Publication: The Players’ Tribune
Date: December 18, 2017
Welcome to Homecoming, presented by Hyundai. In this episode, former Super Bowl Champion running back, Priest Holmes, returns to the University of Texas at Austin for a reunion with John Bianco, UT’s Sports Information Director. Bianco’s role for nearly thirty years has been to provide Longhorns like Priest with the tools necessary to be media savvy, successful communicators.
Bianco took a special interest in Holmes, inspired by his work ethic and perseverance on his journey with the Longhorns, overcoming injuries and the challenges of early fatherhood to become a Big 12 champion and eventual NFL superstar.
While UT was the last school Priest visited as a prospective student, it was an instant connection, and returning to Austin brought back a flood of memories for the former pro-bowler. Holmes opines that ‘sports has always been one thing that can bring people together, and on game day in Austin, this passion is elevated to the next level,’ and while navigating a sea of burnt orange and cowboy boots, we see that he’s definitely found his way back home.