Ron Holmes played his high school football in the state of Washington, so it would make sense that he would attend the University of Washington to play his college football. By the time Holmes was done at Washington, he had become one of the more dominant defensive tackles in school history. He rightfully earns his place in our list of the top-30 players in school history.
Holmes played for the Huskies from 1982 to 1984 and was a member of some of the bigger moments in program history. He was a part of that 1984 team that beat Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. Not only did he take part in the game, but he was named the Most Valuable lineman of one of the biggest wins the program has ever seen.
The winner of the 1984 Morris Trophy, given to the best lineman in the conference, Holmes was recognized on the national stage as well, as he was named a consensus All-American. A first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1985, Holmes was the Huskies team Most Valuable Player in 1984. He went on to enjoy a nice NFL career.
In fact, Holmes played in the Super Bowl, as he was a starter for the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV. Overall, Holmes finished his college career with 23.5 tackles for a loss, which is a school record. While his life was cut short at the age of 48, his legacy within the Huskies football program lives on forever.