Don Holmes
No. 83
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1961-04-01) April 1, 1961 (age 61)
Miami, Florida
Career information
College:Mesa State
NFL Draft:1984 / Round: 12 / Pick: 318
Career history
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As a coach:
Career NFL statistics
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Donald Ira Holmes (born April 1, 1961) is former American football coach and former professional wide receiver in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 12th round of the 1984 NFL Draft. He played college football at Mesa State and Colorado.

Although he was selected in the 1984 draft, he elected to return to college that year.[1] During the 1984 season, he attempted to file an exemption to play in the NFL, but was rejected under the "Red Grange Rule" that forbade players from playing both college and pro football in the same year.[2] He joined the Falcons in 1985, but was released and signed by the Indianapolis Colts. After suffering an injury in 1986, he was placed on injured reserve; when the Colts attempted to get him back on the roster, the St. Louis Cardinals picked him off waivers.[3]


  1. ^ Hinton, Ed (July 12, 1984). "Falcons begin preseason camp with 5 high draft picks unsigned". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved May 19, 2019 – via
  2. ^ "'Red Grange Rule' stops Davis' entry". Latrobe Bulletin. AP. October 12, 1985. Retrieved May 23, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Miklasz, Bernie (October 3, 1986). "Big Red Welcome Mystery Guests". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved May 19, 2019 – via