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Former Ravens running back Priest Holmes got hit hard enough to see colors

Priest Holmes gained 8,172 yards in his 10-year career with the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs. That is even more impressive when you consider that he was occasionally hit so hard that his very perception of the world changed.

Holmes, who won a Super Bowl during his four-year stint with the Ravens, told Fox Sports’ Chris Corbellini that after helmet-to-helmet collisions, the sky would sometimes appear to change colors.

“This color obviously isn’t going to be blue. It can be a color that can be orange. It can be red. The sky could turn green,” Holmes said. “There’s even an episode where you see a clear light, like light at the end of the tunnel.”

Holmes said that since retiring following the 2007 season he has dealt with a variety of ailments and memory problems. The former Raven is not part of the lawsuit filed by more than 2,000 former NFL players against the league over lax concussion protocols.

“The frontal headaches, the migraines,” Holmes said. “Laying in bed, it’s tough to get out mornings just because of the pain that is setting in with an arthritic condition, it’s things like that that you never would have really thought about.”

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