Longhorns duo inducted into San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame
March 1, 2011
Former Longhorns letterwinners Priest Holmes and Laura Neugebauer-Groff were inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Alamodome on Friday, Feb. 18.
Holmes was a running back for the Longhorns from 1992-94 and 1996, and he finished his UT career ranked No. 25 on the all-time rushing list. The 1994 Sun Bowl MVP was elected team captain after rushing for three touchdowns and 120 yards in the victory over Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship game.
“Of course, my UT days always gave me the motivation to produce,” Holmes said. “It’s always been work before reward.”
Holmes signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in 1997 and went on to become a three-time Pro Bowl running back for the Kansas City Chiefs. Holmes owns 10 different career records and eight single-season marks with the Chiefs.
“One thing about these events, they only come around once in a lifetime. I’m really excited to be considered here in my hometown,” Holmes said. “When I think about the opportunity to play collegiately at UT, and then professionally, that gave me the platform to visit so many places.”
A former Volleyball All-American, Neugebauer-Groff captained the Longhorns to four Southwest Conference Championships from 1982-85. In 1992, she was named to the league's All-Decade team. Neugebauer-Groff was a member of the National Sports Festival squad in 1983 and also participated at the 1995 World University Games in Japan. From 1986-87, she played professionally for the West German Volleyball League before joining the Chicago Breeze a year later. She is the head volleyball coach at UTSA, and recently guided the Roadrunners to the NCAA Tournament.
“Being a native of San Antonio, and being recognized in my hometown, is such an honor,” Neugebauer-Groff said. “To know that I represent UT, and all the accomplishments that came while I was there, is just a thrill. It makes you think about the good ol’ days – coach Mick Haley and my teammates.”