Teachers, like Holba's mom DeAnn always seem to have the answer.
DeAnn remembered the conversation with her son, "I said you could sub and it would be perfect."
From Collins and Shelby County Highs to the East and West Middle Schools, Holba was a hit with students and they kept him grounded.
"It was very humbling because the kids are like, oh, you must not have been that good if you're back here in high school," Holba laughed.
Teams called, Holba flew in and out of Kentucky. The player kept the faith into November.
Holba said, "I was taking my engagement pictures and I got a couple of text messages from my buddies saying that the long snapper for Jacksonville got hurt."
Jacksonville signed him Nov. 14.
Holba said, "It's zero to 60 in about one second."
With Jacksonville in the playoffs, the wild NFL ride couldn't have made a better stop.
"It kind of hit me when I got there, I was like this was an amazing opportunity," Holba said.
Up against the Steelers, he couldn't wait to beat them. Holba said of winning that game, "It kinda makes you smile a little bit."
Holba's Shelby County students became his biggest fans.
Shelby County Schools Director of Personnel John Leeper said, "When a child can have a teacher in the classroom with them, a substitute teacher like Colin, and then go home that evening and sit down finish their homework and get out the video game and all the sudden they are being Colin Holba on the video game."
Their "#49" was one game away from the Super Bowl. But, Holba had seen the Tom Brady 4th quarter comeback before.