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Water Break with Jalyn Holmes


Some people have used the extra time at home in 2020 to read, watch their favorite show or work on a skill.

Jalyn Holmes helped start a trucking company back in his hometown of Norfolk, Virginia.

The Vikings defensive end and his business partner launched Beast Coast Trucking in July as a way to provide trucking services and job opportunities for the region.

"I had some family that was in it at first, so I was interested in the industry for about two years," Holmes said. "My business partner and I put our heads together [in the offseason] and created the company. I learned the industry for two years and finally pulled the trigger on it this past offseason."

"I have an uncle who was it in [on the business side], and I know a couple guys just from family and friends who were truck drivers," Holmes added. "It's whatever our carriers need us to move around. It could be food, furniture, whatever is on the load. We just pick it up and move it."


The business has been in operation for nearly five months, and Holmes said it's a balancing act. Most days he wears a Purple helmet for his job, but he puts on his metaphorical business suit at times to get updates on his trucking business.

"I have a great business partner who handles the day-to-day [operations], but we have weekly meetings," Holmes said. "You'd never think I'm in-season when I'm in those meetings, just asking questions and making sure we're on the up."

Holmes joked that he tossed around the idea of just calling his company East Coast Trucking, but decided to add a little more muscle to the moniker.


"We wanted to do East Coast because it's located in Norfolk, Virginia," Holmes said. "But Beast Coast just sounded cooler. These trucks are beasts, though … 18-wheelers carrying about 40,000 pounds when we get a full load, so it made sense.

"It's something I can pass down to my son. The industry isn't going anywhere, and we'll always need trucking, so I was trying to find an innovative way to give back to my community. I've hired people from my community," Holmes added. "The NFL is 'Not for Long,' that's one of the things I do know. But we're growing fast, and in about five to 10 years, there's no telling what this business can potentially be."

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of January 4, 2021.

We caught up with Jalyn this week for a Water Break, presented by Crown Royal.

Q: You mentioned your son [Jalyn Homes II is a year-and-a-half old]. How has fatherhood changed you as a person?

A: "For the good. A lot of things mean more. I've thought about life after football more since I had him. He was kind of the inspiration behind my trucking company. Everything I do now, I do it for two people. He's like my best friend, my little shadow. He definitely gave me a different perspective on life in a good way. I learn from him every day."

Q: You recently posted on Twitter that you wanted Kyle Rudolph's cleats from Week 11. You later tweeted you were able to snag the Kobe Bryant-inspired cleats with his Mamba logo. How did that transaction work?

A: "I tweeted that I needed them before the game [laughs]. Then I went to him and asked, and Rudy was like 'All right, cool.' I asked him [a few days later] after practice and got them. Kobe is my favorite player of all-time. The whole mindset Kobe had, I try to emulate that. So seeing [Rudolph] with those cleats was a big deal for me."

Q: Describe the impact and influence that Kobe had on you.

A: "Man, [his death in January] was tough. He was an idol of mine, someone I grew up looking up to. The Lakers are my favorite basketball team. I didn't want to believe it for a long time. Just seeing how he carried himself on the court, as a father and as an entrepreneur … he's just somebody to look up to. He even motivated me with the trucking company, because Kobe was doing things on and off the court. I wanted to show people you could be more than an athlete."

Q: You were drafted as a defensive end in 2018 out of Ohio State. You spent time as a defensive tackle in 2019 but are now back to defensive end full-time. How has that transition gone?

A: "It's going great. Defensive end is what I've always played … so it's natural. Like learning how to ride a bike again. The main thing is that I feel like I'm more focused than ever, more detailed than ever. I'm back having fun, and when I have fun, I play well."

Q: You've been around Vikings Co-Defensive Coordinator and defensive line coach Andre Patterson for three seasons now. What's the best piece of advice he's given you?

A: "Man, there's so much. But really, just him always saying, 'Do what makes you unique.' Just stick to who you are. I feel like I've done that this season. Part of me being me was playing defensive end, playing my game and just having fun. He always talks about just being yourself and what makes you good. That advice has helped my game tremendously."