Priest Holmes accomplished in 14 games what many players can't in two full seasons. His reward: The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year award.
The dynamic running back for the Kansas City Chiefs was on pace to shatter several NFL records before a deep hip bruise sidelined him for the final two games of 2002. Still, Holmes set 10 team records, including 1,615 yards rushing and 21 TDs. He also had three scores as a receiver, and the 24 TDs were two short of Marshall Faulk's league mark.
Holmes' 2,287 yards from scrimmage fell 142 short of Faulk's NFL record. And in 383 touches, Holmes had only one fumble.
Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil researched Holmes' total yards from scrimmage and found it was the most ever in a 14-game span.
''After I missed the last two games, I wasn't even thinking about any honors or awards or anything,'' Holmes admitted Thursday after receiving 20 1/2 votes from a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. ''I really appreciate this.
''But I'm grateful to my offensive line and coaches more than anything for what they did for me.''
Holmes' line, featuring Pro Bowl selections William Roaf at tackle and Will Shields at guard, was intact the entire season.
NFL fines three for playoff scuffle, taunting
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco's Terrell Owens and New York Giants Shaun Williams and Omar Stoutmire were fined Thursday for their actions during the final minute of their teams' controversial playoff game last Sunday.
Owens, the 49ers' All-Pro receiver, was fined $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct. Williams, a safety, also was fined $10,000 for unnecessary roughness. Stoutmire, also a safety, got a $7,500 fine for unnecessary roughness, league spokesman Michael Signora said.
Bell sits out Steelers practice
PITTSBURGH -- Steelers linebacker Kendrell Bell sat out practice again Thursday because of the left ankle injury that has troubled him for several weeks.
Bell is listed as questionable for Saturday's divisional playoff game at Tennessee.
Bell has sprained the ankle four times since training camp, reinjuring it again Sunday during Pittsburgh's 36-33 wild-card victory over Cleveland.
Jaguars courting second Ravens executive for GM position
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars will interview the Baltimore Ravens' director of college scouting for their general manager's position, according to a team source.
Phil Savage will interview with owner Wayne Weaver on Saturday, the source said Thursday, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Savage will be the second member of the Ravens' staff to be interviewed in Jacksonville's attempt to find someone to manage personnel. Earlier this week, Weaver interviewed Baltimore's director of pro personnel, James Harris.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome confirmed to AP that the Ravens had granted permission to ''a team'' to interview Savage, although he would not confirm it was the Jaguars. A Jaguars source familiar with the search told AP that the Jaguars were indeed the team.
Interviewing on Friday will be Jacksonville's current director of player personnel, Rick Reprish. The Jaguars have also interviewed Buffalo Bills director of football operations, Tom Modrak. Several reports say former New Orleans Saints general manager Randy Mueller has been interviewed, as well, although Weaver has denied that.
Former Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green remains the only coaching candidate whose interview has been made public.
When Weaver fired Tom Coughlin last week, he said he would like to have his new management team -- a coach and personnel manager -- in place before the Super Bowl.
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