Holmes Reflects on AAF Experience; Signs with Dolphins
Former Eagle Point High School standout athlete Tyrone Holmes is on to the next team in his professional football journey.
Following the suspension of operations by the Alliance of American Football, Holmes, who had played for the San Antonio Commanders has signed with the Miami Dolphins.
Holmes says he found out mid-practice when the AAF announced they would be shutting down.
"The GM walks out and says we've got to pick up the ball and that the leagues being suspended at the time," Tyrone Holmes said in a video interview on Tuesday afternoon. "It was kind of a surreal moment, everyone was pretty upset about it obviously."
Holmes made the most of his 'live game reps' registering 13 tackles and 1.5 sack in his time with the Commanders, who were 5-3 when the AAF suspended operations.
"For me it was big time for me to get eight games under my belt and show teams that I can actually play outside linebacker, I can drop, I'm versatile, I can do certain things that maybe I hadn't shown on film before because I hadn't had that game film," Holmes said.
The selling point of the AAF for Holmes was the ability to gain additional experience and ultimately make it back onto an NFL roster. When the league folded, Holmes' agent received calls from numerous teams interested hosting Holmes for a visit.
The Dolphins flew him to Miami for a visit and Holmes says he couldn't imagine a better fit after meeting the coaching staff and personnel.
Even after signing a two-year deal, Holmes will have to continue to battle and fight for a spot on the 53-man roster.
Holmes has had previous stints with NFL teams including Jacksonville and Cleveland.
"The mentality I think is always going to be the same, I've always kind of looked at myself as an underdog, since I started playing football in seventh grade I wasn't even starting on DLine," Holmes said with a grin. "I'm just going to keep fighting and hope for the best."