New Orleans Saints Flashback: Jack Holmes
Jack Holmes was a fullback for the New Orleans Saints for five seasons, from 1978-1982.
After being drafted by the Houston Oilers in the 15th round of the 1975 NFL Draft out of Texas Southern, Holmes was later cut, and was out of football for three years, before catching on with the Saints in 1978.
As a rookie in 1978, through the strike-shortened 1982 season, Holmes rushed 117 times for 393 yards and four touchdowns, while catching 71 passes for 473 yards and one touchdown.
His best season was 1981, when he totaled 194 rushing yards, along with 206 receiving yards.
"…remembered by many Saints fans as one of the better blocking fullbacks in the history of the franchise."
Of course, being a fullback, the primary job for Holmes was to block, and in 1981 he paved the way for George Rogers to set a team record of 1,674 rushing yards, a mark that still stands to this day.
Holmes played his entire five-year NFL career in New Orleans, as he never appeared in another game after finishing up with the Saints after the 1982 season.
Now 60-years old, the native of Rolling Fork, Mississippi will be remembered by many Saints fans as one of the better blocking fullbacks in the history of the franchise.