E-ticket conversation: The Holmes Mystery

Updated: September 12, 2007, 7:45 AM ET

The jolting news came, as it always does with Priest Holmes, at the oddest time -- just before training camp, when all the buzz was over quarterback quandaries and an HBO miniseries and Larry Johnson's holdout. The Kansas City Chiefs' higher-ups hadn't heard from Holmes in two, maybe three months. And now it was time to plan a retirement send-off, because NFL running backs pushing 34 do not make comebacks after two seasons away from the game. They do not disappear for 22 months, testing their quickness by catching buzzing houseflies with their bare hands, then announce they're coming back.

Priest Holmes' explanation for his NFL comeback was filled with more questions than answers. They do not put themselves through the torture of training camp just to prove what everybody already suspects -- that it's all over.

Read "The Holmes Mystery" by Elizabeth Merrill.