Produced on March 3, 1984, in Belle Glade, Florida, Santonio Holmes beat an impoverished upbringing becoming a professional football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets. A talented wide receiver, Holmes earned Super Bowl XLIII MVP honors after making the match-winning touchdown grab, but has seen his achievements eclipsed by various on- and off-the-field problems.
After graduating, he enrolled at The Ohio State University.
After sitting out his freshman year, Holmes was involved with an auspicious event in November 2003 when he was charged with disorderly conduct outside a campus dormitory. The charges were finally dropped, and he soon developed into a vital receiver and kick returner for the Buckeyes. In 2005, Holmes recorded 53 grabs for 977 yards and 11 touchdowns to earn selection to the All-Big Ten first team. After declaring himself eligible for the 2006 NFL Draft, he was chosen together with the 25th overall pick from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Despite being undersized at 5’11” and about 190 pounds, Holmes demonstrated he had the speed and abilities to be an effective professional wide receiver. The next year, he compiled a career-best 1,248 receiving yards.
Nevertheless, Holmes’s name for problem continued to develop. Soon after being drafted, he was charged with domestic violence and assault from the mom of among his kids. He was detained in 2008 for cannabis possession, and was suspended for the very first four matches of the 2010 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Traded to the New York Jets, Holmes was a critical contributor after returning from his suspension and helped his new team get to the AFC Championship match. Holmes apparently feuded with quarterback Mark Sanchez, then angered his teammates along with his lackadaisical play in the closing match of the season, a loss that eradicated the Jets’ playoff hopes.
The downward spiral continued into 2012, as the maligned star suffered a foot injury in the fourth match that knocked him out of action for the remaining season. Despite his ability and charity work for sickle-cell anemia research, Holmes was looking to mend his professional and private name heading to the 2013 season.