Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 6/26/12
It sounds like a near-death experience. That's how Priest Holmes, a former All-Pro running back, described head-to-head crashes on the football field. For a moment, as bodies are peeled off a woozy ballcarrier by officials and teammates, the sky can change color or become a heavenly light. "This color obviously isn't going to be blue. It can be a color that can be orange. It can be red. The sky could turn green," Holmes told The Daily. "There's even an episode where you see a clear light, like light at the end of the tunnel." It's the cruel trade-off of pro football: Play long enough to earn riches, and fame and the toll on the body and mind may be irrevocable. Some of the hardiest of former players like Holmes -- a workhorse runner for a large chunk of his career with the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs from 1997-2005 before a comeback as a part-timer in 2007 -- admit that the hitting involved is unnatural for a human body. "As much as I loved it (football), that same l...
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