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Old 01-18-2008, 01:54 PM   #21
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RIP Ernie and God bless to his family....
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Old 01-18-2008, 02:04 PM   #22
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A great one.


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Old 01-18-2008, 02:04 PM   #23
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Default Re: Former Steeler Ernie Holmes dies in car accident

This quote today from Mean Joe

"Oh, Ernie was definitely an enforcer. I suspect that a lot of guys were kind of afraid of him, not so much what he did on the field but what they read about him off the field. He'd probably do anything to win."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08018/850306-66.stm

When you consider some of the other very intimidating players on that D (Greene, Lambert, Blount) for Holmes to be the enforcer speaks volumes
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Old 01-18-2008, 02:29 PM   #24
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Wow. , Ernie Holmes.

One thing about Holmes; he was the MASTER of the head slap. He had possibly the fastest hand in the league. For you younger fans, until '77, at the snap the defensive lineman were allowed to slam the offensive linemen upside the helmet as hard as they could. The rule change was actually called the Deacon Jones Rule (his autobiography is titled Headslap!), but Fats was just as good at it. I remember seeing a video about the rule change, and Ernie Holmes was the lineman in the video; the ball was barely snapped, no ones' feet had moved, and Holmes had already slammed the center's helmet, and THEN the players started moving! Jones retired in '73, Holmes was the game's premier practitioner after that.
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this stinks.. why have there been so many premature deaths from former steelers?
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this stinks.. why have there been so many premature deaths from former steelers?
its creepy and wierd.

i wonder if people used to talk about "karma" catching up with the steelers for all their success, the way some talk about it catching up with todays patriots?
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Wow, RIP Ernie!
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Old 01-18-2008, 03:23 PM   #28
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I never got to see Ernie play because I wasn't alive in the 70s, but if he was a Steeler, then I can only give him my highest regard. RIP Fats
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R.I.P.
Ernie and God Bless You and Your Family
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Here's to the life of Ernie Holmes
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