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Priest Holmes content to hand record to Jamaal Charles

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Priest Holmes was inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs' Hall of Fame at halftime of Sunday's game over the New York Jets at Arrowhead Stadium, two weeks after his franchise record for career rushing yardage was broken by Jamaal Charles.

Holmes said if his record had to be broken, Charles was the one to do it. Both played in college at Texas.

"Hats off to him," Holmes said. "Ex-Longhorn as well. We pride ourselves in [being] running backs out of Texas. Not only that, but records are meant to be broken. I have had a share of records that I've been able to break. Marshall Faulk, Emmitt Smith, some of the players I looked up to, but it's always about setting that bar a little bit further up, and I definitely think he's done that."

Holmes finished his Chiefs' career in 2007, a year before the Chiefs drafted Charles. One of Holmes' teammates with the Chiefs, Larry Johnson, came close to breaking the record. Holmes indicated he would have been OK with Johnson breaking his record but Charles would be his preference.

"He would be the one," Holmes said. "Any running back coming out of the University of Texas, you can definitely pass that [baton] on to them and [have them] take that torch and run with it. I'm excited because, again we have something in common, again, going back to the University of Texas.

"I'm really excited with the fact that he's been able to accomplish -- not only him, but the running back crew --of what they're doing.”