While also serving to dramatically improve one's skills, a negative aspect of surrounding yourself with legends is that their shadows make it that much harder for you to get your shine on. I always found this to be the case with the criminally-underrated Rudy Johnson. Imagine finding yourself alongside such absolute kings in the midst of their prime (Guy, Koston, Gonz, Sanchez) and be expected to represent... forget about it! But while not the marquee player that fills the seats like those other dudes are, holmes was still mad solid.
Take Video Days for example. He killed it. Absolutely killed it. Yet when was the last time you heard anybody really talk about his part with any depth? Granted you have your go-to favorite parts and the part that everybody skips (sorry Jordan) but Rudy's part is amazing. So many tricks that are still being done today were seen in his part for the first time and there's no doubt that he would have gotten curtains in any other video during that time. But I suppose its a victory in itself that we're still even talking about his part at all, as being cushioned in between Gonz and Lee would've been a death sentence for just about anybody else. I guess the classic catchphrase of "and Rudy's part was good, too" is really all you can hope for when sandwiched in between some real beasts... a scenario that seemed to come up in Rudy's career over and over again.