Former Steeler Ernie Holmes

Discussion in 'On The Field' started by UT Spring Branch, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. UT Spring Branch

    UT Spring Branch 500+ Posts

  2. Jive_Turkey

    Jive_Turkey 1,000+ Posts


    Guess it's time to put him in the Hall of Fame.
  3. Strange Tex

    Strange Tex 100+ Posts


    Is that a jab jive?
  4. Texas Rugby

    Texas Rugby 100+ Posts

    Wow, "Arrowhead Ernie."

    As an Oiler fan I hated the Steelers, but as a team they respected the Oilers more than any team in the very tough AFC Central Division.

    Every member of the Steel Curtain played college ball in Texas at small Texas schools.

  5. mr. sunshine

    mr. sunshine 250+ Posts

    Ernie visited my home room in jr. high and let us try on his SB rings. They were as big as lugnuts off a semi. RIP, man.
  6. FirstTimeLurker

    FirstTimeLurker 100+ Posts

    I was a kid when the steelers were at their prime and they did inspire awe, much more than any other NFL team since then, even today's Pats. They were just a menacing bunch of rowdy roughnecks, each just a devastating hitter and intimidator.
  7. 4th&5

    4th&5 1,000+ Posts

    Ernie was a badass! May he RIP. I read in the AP story that he rolled his vehicle, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. Shades of the Derrick Thomas tragedy. Damn! Wear the seatbelt.
  8. TexasTower

    TexasTower 500+ Posts

    Some of my greatest childhood memories were watching him play.

    Today is truly a sad day.

  9. gobears92

    gobears92 Guest

  10. yelladawgdem

    yelladawgdem 2,500+ Posts


    I have a buddy that is a DPS and he has said a million times that he has never unbuckled a dead man. Kind of like the Princess of Wales: 4 passengers, 1 seat belt in use, 1 survivior. Make sure your kids read this story.

    ORANGEREADER10 < 25 Posts

    It's scary how many of those players from the Steelers are dead now. Ernie Holmes, Ray Mansfield, Jon Kolb, etc, etc.

    ORANGEREADER10 < 25 Posts

    Here's an up-to-date story on the phenomenon of Steelers dying young. It says 34 former Steelers have died since 2000, 16 of them 59 or younger.
    The article says that In 2006, a Los Angeles Times survey found that nearly one-fifth of the NFL players from the 1970s and 1980s who had died since 2000 were former Steelers.

    I forgot Joe Gilliam, Dave Brown, Steve Furness, Mike Webster.... the list goes on.

    Here's the link:The Link
  13. 4th&5

    4th&5 1,000+ Posts


    How many Dallas Cowboys players who played against the Steelers in the two 70's Super Bowls have died? Harvey Martin is the only one that comes to mind.

    ORANGEREADER10 < 25 Posts

    Larry Bethea killed himself in '87 after being ID'd as a suspect in two armed robberies.
    The Link

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