About Santonio holmes

Born on March 3, 1984, in Belle Glade, Florida, Santonio Holmes overcame an impoverished upbringing to become a professional football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets and Chicago Bears. In 2008, the gifted wide receiver was named Super Bowl XLIII MVP after making the game-winning touchdown catch. Holmes is the father of four children, Saniya, Savannah, Nicori, and Santonio Holmes III, the inspiration for the III & Long Foundation.

college football & NFL Career

Holmes attended Ohio State University where he became a key receiver and kick returner for the Buckeyes. In 2005, Holmes recorded 53 catches for 977 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning selection to the first All-Big Ten team. In the 2006 NFL Draft, Holmes was selected with the 25th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Despite being undersized at 5'11" and approximately 190 pounds, Holmes proved that he had the speed and skills to be a successful pro wide receiver. He averaged an NFL-best 18.7 yards per catch in 2007, then enjoyed a dream finish to the 2008 season by making the winning touchdown catch with 35 seconds left in Super Bowl XLIII. The following year, he compiled a career-best 1,248 receiving yards.

forming the III & Long foundation

From the time his son, Santonio "TJ" Holmes III, was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease, Holmes has been actively involved in supporting research and helping with financial assistance for families battling the disease.  In 2009, he sold the gloves he used to make the winning touchdown catch in Super Bowl XLIII for $70,200 and donated the money to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. Understanding and experiencing the financial and emotional challenges associated with SCD, Holmes' advocacy led him to form his own foundation, III & Long, dedicated to building awareness about SCD and supporting families in need.