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HoustonFrog
01-18-2008, 11:51 AM
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gfR1bbA6qw-LWi92QjHa9d9qYL2QD8U8CRJ03

Former Steeler Holmes Dies in Crash
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LUMBERTON, Texas (AP) Ernie Holmes, a two-time Super Bowl winner and an anchor of Pittsburgh's "Steel Curtain" defense, has died in a car crash. He was 59.

A dispatcher with the Texas Department of Public Safety said Holmes was driving alone Thursday night when his car left the roadway and rolled over several times near Lumberton, about 16 miles north of Beaumont in Southeast Texas.

The department said Friday that Holmes was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene, the DPS said.

Holmes, an ordained minister, lived on a ranch in Wiergate, Texas. His death was first reported by Beaumont TV station KFDM.

The two-time All Pro played for the Steelers from 1972-77, and spent part of the 1978 season with New England before retiring. He played on the same defensive line as "Mean" Joe Greene, L.C. Greenwood and Dwight White.

After football, Holmes had minor acting roles. He appeared in an episode of the 1980s TV show "The A-Team" and dabbled in professional wrestling.

Texan_Bill
01-18-2008, 12:03 PM
Hated him!!! as a player that is. Too sad, RIP Ernie

aj.
01-18-2008, 01:26 PM
I remember him as #63 The Arrowhead. Too bad.

Much respect for the Steelers of that era even though they were our nemesis....

WWJD
01-18-2008, 01:39 PM
How tragic.

You have to wonder if he had only buckled his seatbelt.

crunkbuc4d1
01-18-2008, 03:15 PM
I didn't have the pleasure of watching the Steel Cutain, but from videos they looked mean. R.I.P. Mr. Holmes. you and your buddies on the d-line entertained many.

mike moffat
01-20-2008, 10:58 PM
Really sad. But, he's in a better place.

stingray
01-20-2008, 11:12 PM
Isn't that like the fourth or fifth weird death of former steeler players. I remember a former player who was lifting weights by himself and the he couldn't lift the weight and he choked to death. And last year, another player cut down a tree and the tree ended up landing on him and killing him.

Showtime100
01-20-2008, 11:13 PM
God Bless, Ernie. Others got the lion's share of the glory on that team, but without big Ernie Holmes the Steel Curtain wouldn't have been what it was.

Showtime100
01-20-2008, 11:19 PM
Isn't that like the fourth or fifth weird death of former steeler players. I remember a former player who was lifting weights by himself and the he couldn't lift the weight and he choked to death. And last year, another player cut down a tree and the tree ended up landing on him and killing him.

Mike Webster died before his time after a diffucult (to say the least) retirement. I believe Joe Gilliam (#17 QB), a pioneer African-American QB during the the Steelers glory days, died of a heart attack at a fairly young age as well.

stingray
01-20-2008, 11:39 PM
I found the links to some of the trajic deaths of former steeler players.

David little died of a weightlifting accident. Went to one pro-bowl.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Little

The other one was steve courson. Died when he protected his dog from a tree landing on him.

http://pittsburghdogs.wordpress.com/2005/11/11/ex-steeler-dies-protecting-dog/

And here's an article about all the steeler tragedies in recent history.

http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/37481.html?isap=1&nav=772