Darnay Holmes shares advice from NFL legends on 'GMFB'
Heading into his rookie season, Darnay Holmes had plenty of football influences to lean on. His father, Darick, was a running back in the NFL for 4+ years, while his older brother, Darick Jr., was a wide receiver at the University of Arizona.
But unlike most rookies around the league, Holmes also had a few Pro Football Hall of Famers he could turn to for advice.
Holmes joined NFL Network's 'Good Morning Football' to discuss the advice he received from Deion Sanders, Rod Woodson and Aeneas Williams heading into his first season in professional football.
"The game of football puts you around so many great people," Holmes told the 'GMFB' crew. "I met Deion Sanders when I was in the 10th grade. I was a young guy coming from California to the southwest, and I came to his camp. I was able to really just soak in all of the knowledge that he gave. The best thing I learned from Deion is just really feel yourself. Understand who you are. Really know that you're greater than you think you are.
"Rod Woodson, the biggest thing I got from him is really just how you manage your money. We were talking at the Combine, he was saying that you have to understand that you're not an ATM. If you do become an ATM, you're going to become a well without any water. That hit home. That hit home very well because I come from a family where my dad was at a point in time, he was doing good. He didn't manage his money too well. I learned that lesson from him, and my plan is to not make that mistake.
"Mr. Williams, he's just a man of faith. I love that guy. He's a man of faith and he instills so many gems in me each and every day. I always lean upon these three guys for sure."
Holmes attended Sanders' Prime21 camp in 2015, where he ended up taking home the DB MVP award. He met Williams back in 2016, when the Hall of Famer served as his coach at Nike's The Opening, and the two worked together again last year at the 2020 Senior Bowl. Holmes met Woodson through UCLA defensive back Quentin Lake, the son of former Steelers teammate Carnell Lake.
In his first NFL season, Holmes played in 12 games (five starts) and finished with 30 tackles (23 solo), 0.5 sacks, two quarterback hits, one interception, five passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
Free Agency Guide: Pending Giants free agents, top 101 available, key dates
The first game of the 2021 season won't kick off until September, but the new league year is days away.
Starting Monday, clubs are permitted to contact -- and enter into contract negotiations with -- the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2020 player contracts. They cannot sign until the start of the new league year, which begins at 4 p.m. ET on March 17.
Below is a look at which Giants are set to become free agents:
Unrestricted Free Agents:
- DB Adrian Colbert
- S Nate Ebner
- LB Kyler Fackrell
- OT Cameron Fleming
- RB Wayne Gallman
- DL Austin Johnson
- LS Casey Kreiter
- RB Dion Lewis
- QB Colt McCoy
- RB Alfred Morris
- C Spencer Pulley
- LB Jabaal Sheard
- DL Dalvin Tomlinson
- DL Leonard Williams (UPDATE: Giants placed franchise tag on Williams for second consecutive year.)
Restricted Free Agents:
- WR C.J. Board
- LB Devante Downs
View NFL.com's updated rankings of the top 101 free agents of 2021 ahead of the new league year, which begins March 17.
Highlights & takeaways from first week of pro days
Watch the video below to view John Schmeelk and Paul Dottino wrap up the week of pro days ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft.