Another Classical Athlete: Khaled Holmes

Excerpts from the LA Times, which really plays up the Classics angle:

Khaled Holmes earned a degree in classics, so USC’s senior center is well versed in the tragedy and heroism found in ancient Greek and Roman literature.

Ask him which character he most identifies with and the bearded, bespectacled Holmes pauses.

“Most of them are pretty tragic,” he says, laughing. “So I don’t know if I identify with any of them.”

When pressed, Holmes ponders Odysseus. He considers Achilles. Finally, he chooses Hercules.

“With everything thrown at him,” he says, “he found a way to just conquer it somehow.”

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But like Hercules, who maneuvered through 12 labors in one of Holmes’ favorite childhood stories, the team captain overcame his early trials, neutralized Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei — a top NFL prospect — and helped lead then-No. 13 USC to victory.

[…]

When Holmes is not identifying defenses and calling out blocking assignments at the line of scrimmage, he’s designing a mobile application for his master’s degree program in communications management. Last December, he vibrantly played the role of King Theseus in a group reading in the classics department.

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The Holmes siblings — Alex, 31, sister Theodora, 29 and Khaled, 22 — were exposed to classical literature by their mother, Katina, a classicist who when it came to bedtime stories had no time for Dr. Seuss. Instead, it was Plato, Aeschylus and Homer.

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