Robert Holmes, a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders team that reached the 1976 Grey Cup game, died earlier this month at the age of 72.
In 1968, Holmes was named the rookie of the year for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1968 after rushing for 866 yards.
He also won a Super Bowl with the Chiefs when they beat the Minnesota Vikings to win Super Bowl IV.
Holmes came to Canada late in the 1976 season and while he didn’t play in the Grey Cup loss to Ottawa, he did play an instrumental role in helping the green-and-white get to the game as he ran for 181 yards in four games.
After leaving Saskatchewan following that season, he came back in the early 80’s and made his home in Regina.
In 2015, he was one of the Roughriders of African descent who were recognized by the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum as athletes who “played and stayed.”
Services for Holmes will be held Saturday afternoon at 1 at the Victoria Avenue Funeral home.