Santonio Holmes is the MVP for Super Bowl XLIII

Meet Santonio Holmes, an American football wide receiver for the National Football League’s (NFL) Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers meet the Arizona Cardinals on February 1st, 2009 in the NFL’s 43rd Super Bowl. See video, photos and biography below.

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Santonio Holmes can take a share of the credit for his team’s place in Super Bowl XLIII. Playing the Baltimore Ravens in a nail biter on January 18th, Holmes scored on a 65-yard touchdown reception from quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, in the second quarter. A week earlier, the Steelers met the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Playoff Game. Holmes returned a punt in the first quarter for 67 yards.

His 55 receptions this season are a career high. Holmes had five touchdowns in the 2008 season, lagging a career high of eight TDs in 2007. Yardage also suffered in 2008 with 821 yards for a career low.

This wide receiver is believed to have big-play ability as a wideout and a punt returner. Some analysts see him making some Super Bowl history against the Cardinal’s generally poor punt coverage, especially after the successful 67 yards against the Charger’s superior 2008 punt coverage, considered one of the best in the league.

The job for Holmes in Tampa Bay: field a punt and take it home.

Barring that, Holmes is perhaps most famous for a photo posted all over the internet, in the shower … full-on frontal, with a strategically placed “mask.” From what I’m reading, the pic san mask has been pulled, or maybe not.

Santonio Holmes, Jr. – Biography

Santonio Holmes was born in Belle Glade, Florida on March 3, 1984. He is 24 years old. He graduated Glades Central High School as an all-purpose athlete where he lettered in football, basketball and track.

The Glades Central High School track team won two titles during his junior year, and he helped his football team to two state titles with a 12-1 record as a senior. He was a three-season starter. A highlight of his college career was being named the MVP of the Outback Steakhouse All-Star Game after making five catches for 121 yards and a touchdown.

He graduated high school in 2002 with a 3.4 GPA and continues to live in Belle Glade, Florida.

Playing college ball with the Ohio State Buckeyes, he began as a flanker, then moved to split end. He started 28 times with 140 receptions for 2,295 yards, finishing fifth in Buckeye history. He finished third with 25 touchdowns, 38 punts returned for 385 yards – averaging 10.1 yards. In his college career he touched the ball 200 times.

Holmes left Ohio State a year before graduation and was a first round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He was the first and only receiver taken in the first round – the 25th pick overall. He was considered a “consistent deep threat,” and was known as a “fluid” runner with the ability to get to top speed almost instantly.

The Pittsburgh Steeler’s No. 10, Santonio Holmes, is 5’11” tall and 189 pounds (he recently added a planned eleven pound gain to bring him to 189 pounds).

2006 Season: He started with the Steelers in the 2006 season, where as a rookie he played in all 16 games, starting the final four games. He finished with 49 catches for 824 yards, a 16.8 yard average and two touchdowns. His 824 receiving yards were a rookie record and the second-highest in team history. Holmes received the Joe Greene Great Performance Award for the team’s Rookie of the Year. He was named the NFL Rookie of the Week after week 6.

2007 Season: Holmes started 13 games, including the AFC Wild Card game, where he made three receptions for 49 yards and his first career postseason touchdown. He caught an 83-yard, career-long pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. A hamstring and ankle injuries took him out of play for three games.

2008 Season: Still in the works. Check back after Super Bowl XLIII.

Holmes is not married. He has three children: two sons, Santonio III, and Nicori. The youngest, a daughter, Sanyia by Lashae Boone. The ages of the children, and mother’s names of the boys, are questionable.

Holmes has a … perhaps criminal background. He was arrested in 2006 on charges of disorderly conduct. He paid a fine and charges were dropped. A few months later he was arrested again for domestic violence and assault, filed by the woman in his life, and mother of his daughter, Lashae Boone. She wanted the charges dropped. Eventually, the case was dismissed. Less than two years later, he was arrested and cited for possessing marijuana. The hearing is set for February 26, 2009.

Santonio Holmes is the son of Patricia Brown and Santonio Holmes, Sr., and a second cousin to Fred Taylor, the All-Pro running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Santonio Holmes – Photos

Holmes’ Controversial Touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens
Clinches the AFC North Title, December 2008

If you question whether Holmes had both feet on the ground for the catch, check out USA Today’s confirming photo (be sure to click the “spy glass” to enlarge)

Santonio Holmes – Video