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Santonio Holmes
File:Santonio Holmes 2011.jpg
Santonio Holmes in 2011 with the Jets.
No. 10     New York Jets
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-03-03) March 3, 1984 (age 38)
Place of birth: Belle Glade, Florida
High School: Belle Glade (FL) Glades Central
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
Debuted in 2006 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Receptions     358
Receiving Yards     5,507
Receiving Touchdowns     35
Stats at

Santonio Holmes Jr. (born March 3, 1984) is a wide receiver for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft after playing college football at Ohio State. In 2009, Holmes was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIII.

Early years

Holmes attended Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida. He was a letterman in football, basketball, and track. In football, he helped lead his team to two state titles and a 12-1 record as a senior. In basketball, he helped lead his team to a state runner-up finish as a senior. In track, his team won the state title during his junior year, and he was the member of a 4x400 meter relay team that won two state titles. Santonio graduated from Glades Central High School in 2002 with a 3.4 GPA.

College career

Holmes attended Ohio State University where he was red shirted when Ohio State University won the 2002 National Championship.

Holmes caught 245 passes for 2,295 yards and 25 touchdowns, while gaining 3,123 all-purpose yards. His 245 career receptions and 3,496 yards were ranked the fifth highest totals in school history at the time. His 25 touchdown catches ranked him 3rd in the NCAA.[1]

Professional career

Pittsburgh Steelers


Holmes left college a year early and was taken in the first round (25 overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the defending Super Bowl XL champion Pittsburgh Steelers. The 25th pick overall, he was the first receiver since Plaxico Burress taken in the first round by the Steelers. Holmes, who wore number 4 at The Ohio State University (a number that isn't issued to wide receivers in the NFL), was issued number 10, previously worn in Pittsburgh by former kicker Roy Gerela and quarterback Kordell Stewart.

Early on in the Steelers' disappointing 2006 season, Holmes was criticized for his poor performance on special teams as a returner, a role in which he fumbled frequently. However, Holmes had better success as a receiver, displaying his athleticism and skill in several of the Steelers' games. He earned Week 6 Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week honors for his performance October 15 against the Kansas City Chiefs, totaling 58 yards receiving and 13 yards rushing.

File:Santonio Holmes 2006.jpg

Santonio Holmes with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006.

Late in the season, Holmes replaced Cedrick Wilson in the starting lineup and finished the 2006 regular season with 49 receptions for 824 yards and 2 touchdowns. His best play of the season was also the last, when, in overtime of the Steelers' final game of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals, Holmes caught a pass from Ben Roethlisberger on a slant route and ran for a 67-yard touchdown to secure a win for the Steelers. He also returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown on December 17 against the Carolina Panthers.


Holmes was named the Steelers' starting split end coming into training camp. He enjoyed a breakout season in 2007 as he led the Steelers in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and emerged as one of the better known deep threats in the NFL. In Week 1 of the season against the Cleveland Browns, Holmes caught a 40 yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger as they went on to defeat the Browns 34–7. Week 4 in a loss against the Arizona Cardinals, he enjoyed one of the best games in his young pro career as he finished the game with 6 receptions, 128 yards, and 2 touchdown catches. In week 9, he enjoyed another two touchdown game against the Baltimore Ravens, in a game which both touchdowns came in the first half. He finished the game with 4 catches, 110 yards, and two touchdowns. In week 16, Santonio Holmes amassed the most yards receiving in a game in his career, as he finished the game with 133 yards receiving against the St. Louis Rams. He finished the year with 942 yards receiving and 8 touchdown catches. He led the league in yards per catch.[2]

In his first career playoff game, a 31–29 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, he finished the game with 3 catches, 49 yards, and a touchdown.


Despite returning no punts throughout the 2007 season, Holmes explored returning again for the 2008 season.[3] During the offseason, Holmes had set a goal to play in all 16 games throughout the season,[4] increasing his weight by 11 pounds through workouts in the offseason.[5]

Holmes began the season with 2 receptions for 19 yards in a win against the Houston Texans. In the following 10-6 win over the Cleveland Browns, Holmes totaled 94 yards on 5 receptions and had a carry for 10 yards. In the following loss to the Eagles, he recorded 3 receptions for 32 yards. Holmes saw his first score the following week in an overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens, finishing with 61 yards on 3 receptions for a touchdown. Following a bye week, Holmes totaled 89 yards on 5 receptions in the win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

However, Holmes was benched following being arrested for possession of marijuana.[6] Holmes was benched by coach Tomlin twice. He was forced to miss the following loss to the New York Giants, but was activated again for the Monday Night game against the Washington Redskins.

Statistically, Holmes' production decreased when compared to his 2007 stats. He declined in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving average. However, Holmes' still contributed big plays throughout the season, especially during the game versus the Cowboys where he caught a long pass that ignited a struggling Steelers offense.

In Super Bowl XLIII, Holmes secured the Steelers' NFL-record 6th Super Bowl win after catching a 6-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger with 35 seconds left in regulation. Holmes caught nine passes for 131 yards and a touchdown, including four receptions for 73 yards on their final game-winning drive. He was named Super Bowl MVP, becoming the sixth wide receiver to win the award, and also was the third Pittsburgh receiver to win the award, following Lynn Swann and Hines Ward.


Statistically, 2009 was the best season of his career. He had 79 catches, 1,248 receiving yards, and five touchdowns and became Pittsburgh's first receiving target in which was surprisingly his last year with the team. He was traded during the offseason due to his brushes with the law (see section Legal Troubles).

New York Jets


On April 11, 2010, Holmes was traded to the New York Jets in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.[7] (The Steelers eventually traded the pick to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a sixth round pick (Antonio Brown) and reacquiring Bryant McFadden. The Cardinals used the pick on quarterback John Skelton.) Shortly before the trade, the NFL announced that Holmes would be suspended for the first four games of the season due to a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.[8][9]

The trade came after Holmes' incident in a nightclub (see below), coinciding with Ben Roethlisberger's own legal troubles, and the Steelers wanting to set an example for its other players. Had Holmes not been traded, the Steelers would've simply released him, meeting a similar fate to that of former first round pick Huey Richardson, who was traded for a 7th round pick one year after going in the first round.[10]

After serving a four game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, Holmes returned to practice on October 6, 2010.[11] Although Holmes was forbidden to participate in practices with his teammates and he was suspended from playing for the Jets during their regular season contests, he still attended team meetings and worked out daily at the team's facilities.[11]

On November 14, 2010 with 22 seconds to go in overtime against the Cleveland Browns, Santonio Holmes caught a pass on the Browns 31 yard line and carried it in for a touchdown, giving the Jets a 26-20 victory against Cleveland.[12]

The very next week, on November 21, 2010, Holmes caught a game winning touchdown from Mark Sanchez with 10 seconds left and the Jets went on to beat the Houston Texans 30-27.

During the 2010-2011 postseason, the Jets made it to the AFC Championship and lost to the team Holmes formerly played with, the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Holmes re-signed with the Jets during the offseason, shortly before the start of 2011 season agreeing to a 5 year deal. He was named one of the team captains, along with starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, before the season began. In the 4th quarter of the final game of the 2011 season against the Miami Dolphins, Holmes appeared to get into an argument with Jets offensive tackle Wayne Hunter while the team was huddling. As a result of the argument, Holmes was benched for the remainder of the game, and the Jets ended up losing the game, which resulted in the Jets missing the postseason for the first time in 3 years. His leadership qualities and credibility as a captain have since been questioned.[13]

Holmes finished the season with just 51 catches, the second lowest total of his career, along with only 654 receiving yards, by far the lowest total of his career. He also finished with a career low 12.8 yards per reception average. He did, however, tally a new career high in touchdown receptions with 8.[14]


Holmes was lost for the remainder of the 2012 season after sustaining a Lisfranc foot injury in week 4 against the San Francisco 49ers, and was eventually placed on injured reserve.[15]

Career Statistics

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
Regular season
2012 New York Jets 4 4 20 272 13.6 38 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
2011 New York Jets 16 16 51 654 12.8 38T 8 3 27 9.0 23 0 2 1
2010 New York Jets 12 10 52 746 14.3 52 6 2 17 8.5 14 0 2 2
2009 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 16 79 1,248 15.8 57 5 3 6 2.0 7 0 - -
2008 Pittsburgh Steelers 15 15 55 821 14.9 48 5 2 9 4.5 10 0 4 1
2007 Pittsburgh Steelers 13 13 52 942 18.1 83 8 5 17 3.4 11 0 2 0
2006 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 4 49 824 16.8 67T 2 1 13 13.0 13 0 5 2
Total 92 78 358 5,507 15.4 83 35 16 89 5.6 23 0 16 7
2010 New York Jets 3 2 9 127 14.1 45 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2008 Pittsburgh Steelers 3 2 13 226 17.4 65 2 2 7 3.5 4 0 1 0
2007 Pittsburgh Steelers 1 1 3 49 16.3 37 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Total 7 5 25 402 16.1 65 5 2 7 3.5 4 0 1 0

Legal trouble

Holmes has acknowledged selling drugs on the street corner of his hometown of Belle Glade, Florida as a teenager; he says that his mother's influence and a desire to play professional football made him decide to stop.[16]

Holmes was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida on May 27, 2006 for disorderly conduct.[17] Charges were subsequently dropped after Holmes paid a fine. Holmes was arrested for a second time on June 18, 2006 for domestic violence and assault in Columbus, Ohio.[18]

On July 7, 2006, Holmes appeared in Franklin County Court in Columbus, Ohio for both a pre-trial hearing regarding the domestic case and a hearing regarding the traffic ticket. He pled no contest to the traffic ticket and agreed to pay a fine. While Lashae Boone, the mother of Holmes' daughter and the victim in the assault case, requested that the domestic violence and assault charges be dropped, the prosecutor refused. Boone and their daughter accompanied Holmes to court. The charges were later dropped.[19]

On October 23, 2008, Holmes was arrested in Pittsburgh and cited by officers for possession of marijuana.[20][21] He released an apology after missing a game, stating that he wished to "focus all of [his] efforts on helping our team win on the field and achieve its ultimate goal."[22]

On March 24, 2010, Anshonae Mills filed a lawsuit against Holmes over a March 7 incident in which she alleges Holmes threw a glass at her in an Orlando nightclub, resulting in a cut above her eye. Initially, Mills did not pursue charges, claiming Holmes and the police intimidated her into it, but the case has been reopened. Subsequently, after a Twitter comment criticizing the nightclub incident, Holmes told the follower to "kill urself." He later Tweeted it was time to "wake n bake," a reference to marijuana.[23] Holmes alleges his account was hacked and it was not him making the comments.[24]

On April 29, 2010, according to a report filed by authorities at Pittsburgh International Airport, a flight attendant told police that Holmes wouldn't turn off his iPod when requested and asked that officers speak to him. Holmes got off the Colgan Air flight and spoke to the officers, who reminded him to comply with regulations, but did not charge the wide receiver with anything. Holmes later talked to Jets head coach Rex Ryan about the incident.[25]


  1. [1][dead link]
  2. Bouchette, Ed (2008-08-01). "Holmes growing into leadership role". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-08-01.
  3. Harris, John (2008-08-20). "Holmes to take shot on returns". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  4. Prisuta, Mike (2008-09-06). "Notebook: Holmes hopes to play 16 games". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2008-09-06.
  5. Dulac, Gerry (2008-09-12). "In Ohio, Holmes remains a standout". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
  6. Ludwig, Chick (October 29, 2008). "Holmes benched, Roethlisberger pays". Springfield News Sun. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
  7. Florio, Mike (April 11, 2010). "Steelers ship Santonio to the Jets". Retrieved 2010-04-11.
  8. "Trade to Jets shocks banned Holmes". April 12, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-12.
  9. "Steelers Trade Santonio Holmes Jets; WR Suspended 4 Games". WPXI Pittsburgh. 2010-04-11. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
  10. Bouchette, Ed (2010-04-12). "Steelers were ready to cut Holmes before trade". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Holmes returns to Jets practice, 'ready to get season started'". Associated Press. October 6, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2010.
  12. "Holmes' Last Second OT Catch caps Jets-Browns game". November 14, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
  13. [2][dead link]
  14. "Santonio Holmes Stats - New York Jets - ESPN". 1984-03-03. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  15. "Santonio Holmes will miss season for New York Jets". Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  16. Santonio Holmes Reveals that He Used to Sell Drugs, January 28, 2009
  17. "Steelers' Santonio Holmes arrested for disorderly conduct". Associated Press. 2006-05-27. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
  18. "Santonio Holmes marijuana charge". Associated Press. 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
  19. Provance, Jim (2006-12-05). "Domestic violence charges dropped against Santonio Holmes". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-12-13.
  20. "Police say Steelers' receiver Santonio Holmes had pot during stop". The Canadian Press. 2008-10-23. Retrieved 2008-10-24.[dead link]
  21. Gurman, Sadie (2008-10-24). "Steelers' Holmes arrested on drug charges". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
  22. Bouchette, Ed (2008-10-27). "Steelers' Holmes issues apology over drug charge". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
  23. "Holmes needs to take trade as warning". Fox News. 04-12-2010. Retrieved 04-12-2010.
  24. "Jets WR Santonio Holmes implies Twitter account was hacked after ugly exchange with fan". 04-12-2010. Retrieved 04-12-2010.
  25. "Jets WR Holmes has dustup in Pittsburgh after accused of not turning off iPod in flight". Yahoo Sports. 2010-04-30. Retrieved 04-30-2010.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Heath Miller
Steelers 1st round draft pick
Succeeded by
Lawrence Timmons
Preceded by
Eli Manning
NFL Super Bowl MVPs
Super Bowl XLIII, 2009
Succeeded by
Drew Brees