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|Date of birth||August 22, 1981|
|Place of birth||San Diego, California|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||260 lb (120 kg)|
St. Louis Rams*
Holmes played college football for the University of Southern California. He was a starter at tight end, and a part of two national championship teams.
High school career
He played high school football for Harvard-Westlake School near Sherman Oaks, CA. In 1998, he led the team at tight end and middle linebacker to a 10-4 record, and a berth in the Division VII CIF Southern Section championship game. His coach called him the best player he had ever coached in his thirty year career.
His father, Mike, played at University of Michigan in the mid-1970s. Holmes' younger sister is married to Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu. His younger brother Khaled was an offensive lineman at USC, and currently plays for the Indianapolis Colts. Alex studied Latin and Greek in High School: "I took Latin and classical Greek courses in high school. I love the classical languages. They're very interesting languages to study. My mother is full-blooded Greek, there's the connection." Though large in stature, Holmes is a surprisingly elusive basketball player with a deadly outside shot. Known for repeatedly torching unsuspecting defenders, he made a name for himself at the Lakeshore Towers 24 Hour Ultra Sport, and continues playing in some of Southern California's premier basketball leagues.