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Santonio Holmes biography

Date of birth : 1984-03-03
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Belle Glade, Florida
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2022-03-03
Credited as : Football player wide receiver, Santonio Holmes Steelers, Santonio Holmes catch

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Santonio Holmes is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft after playing college football at Ohio State University.


◊ Named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLIII after collecting nine receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown, highlighted by his four catches for 73 yards and game winning six yard touchdown on the final drive.
◊ Posted career regular-season numbers of 235 catches for 3,835 yards and 20 touchdowns, 11 rushes for 45 yards, 62 punt returns for 496 yards and a touchdown and 18 kickoff returns for 436 yards.
◊ In his four career postseason games, he has 16 receptions for 275 yards and three touchdowns, two rushes for seven yards and seven punt returns for 103 yards and a touchdown. … Has scored a touchdown in all four of his postseason games.
◊ Started all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2009 and posted career-highs with 79 receptions for 1,248 yards.
◊ Of his career 25 touchdowns, 16 have come on plays of 20 or more yards.

Holmes signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears on August 16, 2014. Holmes was waived on November 11, 2014, having played just nine games and totaling only 8 receptions for 67 yards...

The Jets approached Holmes in the offseason to restructure his contract; Holmes obliged. Holmes' rehabilitation from foot surgery continued into training camp and the preseason. Holmes was removed from the active/physically unable to perform list and moved to the active roster on August 23, 2013...
Holmes was released by the Jets on March 10, 2014...

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

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...
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.

On April 11, 2010, Holmes was traded to the New York Jets in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft (the Steelers eventually traded the pick to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a sixth round pick, which they used to draft 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...
The trade came after Holmes' incident in a nightclub, 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 have released him...
After serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, Holmes returned to practice on October 6, 2010. 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 was still eligible to attend team meetings and work out daily at the team's facilities...
On November 14, 2010, with 22 seconds to go in overtime against the Cleveland Browns, Holmes caught a pass on the Browns 31-yard line and carried it in for a touchdown, giving the Jets a 26-20 victory...
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 Game before losing to Holmes' former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers...

2009 (PIT) Started all 16 games for the first time in his career and set career-highs with 79 receptions for 1,248 yards...Scored five receiving touchdowns, four of which were for more than 20 yards. … Added six yards on three rushing attempts and six yards on two punt returns. … Attempted his first career pass, throwing an interception. SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: (1/3 at MIA). … Opened the scoring when he pulled in a five-yard touchdown from Ben Roethlisberger on the game’s initial drive. … Attempted his first career pass, which was intended for Rashard Mendenhall before being picked off by Yeremiah Bell. (12/27 vs. BLT). … Caught five passes for 86 yards and scored on 24-yard pass in the second quarter. (12/6 vs. OAK). … Notched a career-high 149 yards receiving on eight receptions. … Scored on a 34- yard strike from Ben Roethlisberger. … Set up another score when he took a 57-yard pass down to the three-yard line. (11/29 at BLT). … Pulled in six passes for 74 yards in the Sunday Night loss. … Scored on a 33-yard pass from Dennis Dixon in the second quarter to tie the game at seven. (10/18 vs. CLV). … Caught five passes for 104 yards including a 41-yard reception that set up a touchdown one play later. (9/10 vs. TEN). … On the Thursday Night season-opener, collected a career-high nine receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown. … Scored on a 34-yard pass in the second quarter to open the scoring. … Converted key third-downs on both the PIT game-tying and game-winning drives.

2008 (PIT) Started 15 games, missing one due to injury. … Gained 821 yards on 55 receptions and nine yards on two rushing attempts. … Scored five receiving touchdowns. … Returned 34 punts for 226 yards. … Added 13 receptions for 226 yards in the postseason, garnering Super Bowl XLIII MVP honors in the process. POSTSEASON: Earned Most Valuable Player honors in Super Bowl XLIII. … Caught 13 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns and ran twice for seven yards. … Added 103 punt returns on seven punt returns. … Scored in every postseason game, running his streak to four consecutive postseason games with a touchdown. (Super Bowl XLIII: 2/1 vs. ARZ). … Named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLIII for a performance that saw him pull in nine receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown. … Scored the game-winning touchdown with 35 seconds left in the fourth quarter on a six-yard catch from Ben Roethlisberger. … Responsible for 73 of 78 yards on the game winning drive, catching four passes for 14, 13, 40 and the game-winning six yard touchdown. … Did not start the game as PIT opened in a two-tight end set. (AFC Championship: 1/18 vs. BLT). … Pulled in two receptions, one for a 65-yard touchdown to account for the only PIT offensive touchdown. (Divisional: 1/11 vs. SD). … Tied the game in the first quarter when he returned a Mike Scifres punt 67 yards for a touchdown. … Added two receptions for 25 yards and two rushing attempts for seven yards. SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: (12/21 at TEN). … Finished the game with five receptions for 93 yards and a 31-yard touchdown grab that gave PIT their first points of the day. (12/14 at BLT). … Pulled in the game’s only touchdown, a four-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger with 50 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to give PIT a four-point win. … Initially ruled down at the one-yard line, the play was overturned for a game winning touchdown. (11/30 at NE). … Set up the first PIT points of the game with a 29 yard punt return that lead to a field goal and scored on a 19-yard pass to the tie the game in the second quarter. (11/3 at WAS). … Scored on a five-yard touchdown pass from Byron Leftwich to cap the 16-point victory on Monday Night Football. (9/29 vs. BLT). … Scored the only PIT offense touchdown on a 38-yard pass in the Monday Night overtime win. (9/14 at CLV). … Registered a season-high 94 yards receiving on five receptions including a 48-yard catch that set up a field goal in the third quarter.

2007 (PIT) Started all 13 games in which he played, missing three games with an injury. … Caught 52 passes for team-leading 942 yards, a career-high eight touchdowns and a league-leading 18.1 yards per catch average. POSTSEASON: (Wild Card: 1/5 vs. JAX). … Made his postseason debut, collecting 49 yards and a touchdown on three receptions. SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: (12/30 at BLT). … Caught four passes for 98 yards and a touchdown, scoring on a 59-yard strike from Charlie Batch in the fourth quarter. (12/20 at SL). … Registered a season-high 133 yards receiving on just four catches. … Set up a touchdown two plays later with his career-long 83-yard reception on the game’s opening drive. (11/18 at NYJ). … In his only career game in the Meadowlands, caught five passes for 75 yards and the only PIT touchdown. (11/5 vs. BLT). … Scored twice, first on a 15-yard pass and later on 35-yard pass. … Added a 45-yard reception to set up a field goal as part of his 110 receiving yards on four receptions in the 31-point blowout Monday Night win. (10/21 at DEN). … Returned after missing his first game with an injury and collected six passes for 54 yards and a touchdown on Sunday Night Football. (9/30 at ARZ). … Accounted for all 14 PIT points when he scored on 43-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and a seven-yard pass in the fourth quarter, finishing with six receptions for 128 yards. (9/9 at CLV). … Scored one play after a Bryant McFadden fumble recovery pulling in a 40-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger.

2006 (PIT) Played in all 16 games with starts in the final four. … caught 49 passes for 824 yards and two touchdowns. … Added another score on a 65-yard punt returned and returned 26 punts total for 264 yards and 10.2 average. … Averaged 24.2 yards on 18 kick returns and one rush for 13 yards. … Named NFL Rookie of the Week twice. SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: (12/31 at CIN). … Collected four receptions for a season-high 124 yards in the season-finale including a game-winning 67-yard touchdown from Ben Roethlisberger in overtime. (12/17 at CAR). … Scored on a 65-yard punt return in the fourth quarter the play after a penalty necessitated a re-kick and negated his lost fumble on a punt return. … His 78 yards on three punt returns establish a career-high. (12/7 vs. CLV). … Made the first start of his career and collected 81 yards on four catches to lead the team in receiving yards. (11/19 at CLV). … Again named NFL Rookie of the Week after reeling in a 21- yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger on third-and-20 to set up the first touchdown of his career on a 20-yard reception from Roethlisberger on third-and-four. (11/5 vs. DEN). … Notched a season-high six receptions including an 18-yard grab on third-and-four that set up the first PIT touchdown. (10/15 vs. KC). … Named NFL Rookie of the Week after he pulled in a 50-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to set up an opening-drive touchdown. … Recorded his first career rushing attempt when he took a direct snap 13 yards on third-and-four to set up a field goal at the end of the first half. (9/7 vs. MIA). … Made his NFL debut on the Thursday Night opener and caught a six-yard pass from Charlie Batch in the first quarter for his first career reception.


◊ Started 28 of his 36 games played before finishing his college career with 140 receptions for 2,295 yards and 25 touchdowns to rank fifth in school history. … Added three rushed for 18 yards, 38 punt returns for 385 yards and 19 kickoff returns for 425 yards.
◊ Became the 12th player in school history to gain over 3,000 all-purpose yards at Ohio State.
◊ Garnered All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection honors his senior year after leading the team with 53 receptions for 977 yards and 11 touchdowns. … Also returned 11 punts for 141 yards and 11 kickoffs for 239 yards.
◊ Received Second-team All-Big Ten Conference recognition his junior year and finished with 55 receptions for 769 yards and seven touchdowns.
◊ Won state titles in his sophomore and junior seasons at Glades Central and finished his senior year with 12-1 record.
◊ Competed in basketball and track in highs school with his the track team winning the state title his junior year and his basketball team finishing runner-up in his senior season... Took home state titles in both his junior and senior years in the 4x400 meter relay.


◊ Has two sons, Santonio III and Nicori, and one daughter, Saniya.
◊ Parents, Patricia Brown and Santonio Holmes, Sr.
◊ A second cousin of New England Patriots’ running back Fred Taylor.

Santonio Holmes' Retirement:

After being out of the league for nearly three years, Holmes returned to the Steelers on October 10, 2017, for a retirement ceremony, saying: "It's an honor to retire as a member of the Steelers and leave a legacy everyone will remember."

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