Kenneth Jerome Holmes (born October 24, 1973) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tennessee Oilers 18th overall in the 1997 NFL Draft. He played college football at Miami.
|Position:||Defensive line coach|
|Born:||October 24, 1973|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school:||Vero Beach (FL)|
|NFL Draft:||1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18|
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Holmes also played for the New York Giants.
In 1992, Holmes was awarded an athletic scholarship by the University of Miami where he completed a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. While at the f Miami, Holmes was a two-time first team All-Big East selection, gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated. During his four years as a Hurricane, he also served two consecutive terms as the captain for the football program and totaled 29 sacks and 207 tackles for his career. In 1996–97 Holmes had a career high of 11.5 sacks, ranking second in all-time sacks for at Miami at the time.
Holmes was drafted in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Oilers and help lead the Titans to their first and only Super Bowl XXXIV. In 2001, he signed as a free agent with the New York Giants.
After an outstanding collegiate career at the University of Miami, Kenny became the Tennessee Oilers first round (18th overall selection) pick in the 1997 NFL Draft. Holmes, a quick, agile, player with powerful hands, became known for his ability to pressure the quarterback and punish blockers while firing into the back field rushing the quarterback. As the franchise's first draft choice in its inaugural season, Kenny lived up to expectations by tying for team leads in sacks and ultimately demonstrated why he was considered one of the most promising Defensive Ends in the National Football League (NFL). As a result of his performance, he was selected for the All Rookie team. He also recorded a forced fumble in 4 consecutive games in 2000. In 1999, the Titans made it to Super Bowl XXXIV in which Holmes started on the number one ranked defense in the NFL. During the 2001 season, Holmes and Jevon Kearse made up the bookends that led the NFL in total sacks and defense. Among his many accomplishments and awards as a Titan, Holmes received the ED Block Courage Award in 2000 and the Titans Man of the Year Award in 2001. After completing his contract with the Tennessee Titans, Holmes signed as a Free Agent with the New York Giants and partnered with Michael Strahan to lead the team to the playoffs in 2003. He recorded 38.5 sacks in seven NFL seasons.
Holmes was the defensive line coach at the University of Idaho from 2015 to 2016.