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Holmes Record Preserved

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03/26/2004
 
Priest Holmes' record breaking performance is commemorated in the Pro Football Today Room. Appropriately, a large image of Holmes from the Chiefs display serves as a backdrop to the newest additions to the Hall of Fame's collection.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes began the 2003 NFL season in Canton when he played in the Hall of Fame game. He has come full circle as mementos from his record-breaking season arrived at the Hall of Fame on Friday. Two items - a jersey and football - from the Chiefs' regular season finale against the Chicago Bears on December 28, 2003 were donated to the Hall of Fame and promptly placed on exhibit in the Pro Football Today exhibition area.

 

The jersey is the one Holmes wore that day when he set the NFL's new single season touchdown record.

 

The ball is from his second touchdown of the day (right) which was his record-breaking 27th rushing TD of the season. The Chiefs’ defeated the Bears 31-3 in the regular season finale.

 

Holmes, who scored all of his touchdowns on the ground, surpassed the record mark for total touchdowns in a season set by Marshall Faulk of the St. Louis Rams. Faulk scored 26 touchdowns in 2000 (18 rushing, 8 receiving). Holmes also set the mark for rushing touchdowns as he topped the 25 scores by Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys in 1995.

Holmes's game-by-game rushing stats for 2003. He also added 690 yards receiving on 74 receptions.

Date Opponent
No
Yds
Avg
LG
TD
Sept. 7 San Diego
18
85
4.7
24t
2
Sept. 14 Pittsburgh
26
122
4.7
31t
3
Sept. 21 @ Houston
18
89
4.9
15
2
Sept. 28 @ Baltimore
22
90
4.1
14
0
Oct. 5 Denver
17
97
5.7
22
0
Oct. 12 @ Green Bay
22
81
3.7
8
1
Oct. 20 @ Oakland
27
123
4.6
20
1
Oct. 26 Buffalo
15
83
5.5
15t
3
Nov. 9 Cleveland
19
92
4.8
17
2
Nov. 16 @ Cincinnati
16
62
3.9
20
0
Nov. 23 Oakland
21
91
4.3
19
1
Nov. 30 @ San Diego
31
162
5.2
25
2
Dec. 7 @ Denver
12
44
3.7
7
2
Dec. 14 Detroit
18
94
5.2
17
3
Dec. 20 @ Minnesota
18
55
3.1
11
3
Dec. 28 Chicago
20
50
2.5
8
2
TOTALS  
320
1420
4.4
31t
27
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