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Holmes constantly thinking of family

Assuming he doesn't retire, the Chiefs aren't too concerned about Priest Holmes. Their worry is improving the defense.

Updated: August 9, 2004, 4:41 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

MANKATO, Minn. -- Chiefs players assembled for a casual March meeting. Those in attendance listened with shock as Priest Holmes spoke. The meeting was to discuss team and individual goals. Holmes dropped a bombshell.

"Just so you know, I'm thinking about retiring," Holmes said.

This wasn't a joke. He was serious. The Chiefs workhorse back had more on his mind than carrying the Chiefs offense on his muscular back. His father was in Iraq and Priest worried. In addition, each fall becomes ...

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