|Retired — No. 84|
|Date of Birth: June 5 1976|
|Place of Birth: Gibsonville, North Carolina
|National Football League debut|
|1999 for the St. Louis Rams|
|Career Highlights and Awards|
|College: North Carolina State|
|NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6|
|Career stats to date|
|Yards per Catch||14.5|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Torrance "Torry" Jabar Holt (born June 5, 1976 in Gibsonville, North Carolina) nicknamed "Big Game" is a retired NFL wide receiver. He is the older brother of current New Orleans Saints safety, Terrence Holt. In 2008 Holt, Leonard Little, Orlando Pace, and Trent Green are the only Rams on the current St. Louis roster who also played during the team's Super Bowl XXXIV championship season in 1999.
Early years[edit | edit source]
He was Prep Football Report All-America selection, adding All-State honors at Eastern Guilford (N.C.) High. where he caught 129 passes during career, gaining 2,573 yards and scoring 42 touchdowns including 56 receptions for 983 yards and 17 touchdowns as senior. He also returned three punts and three kickoffs for touchdowns during his career. Additionally, Holt was a standout defensive back who posted 62 tackles and four interceptions as senior. He was named one of the Top 25 players in the state by Charlotte Observer. After High School Holt attended Hargrave Military Academy in 1994. There he caught 21 passes for 524 yards and six touchdowns.
College career[edit | edit source]
Holt attended North Carolina State University and played wide receiver for the football team from 1995–1998. In his senior year Holt was named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year. That season he set ACC records of 88 receptions (since broken by Kenneth Moore of Wake Forest) for 1,604 yards and an NC State record of 16 touchdown catches. Holt was a consensus All-America first-team selection as senior. He was also a finalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top receiver. As a junior he led the team, setting Wolfpack season records with 62 receptions for 1,099 yards, topping marks of 55 by Naz Worthen (1988) while becoming first player in team history to gain more than 1,000 yards in a season. He started in five of the first seven games as sophomore. Holt was a Sociology major at NC State.
Professional career[edit | edit source]
Holt was the sixth overall draft pick in the 1999 NFL draft and the first selection made by the St. Louis Rams. In his rookie season he posted 53 receptions, 788 total yards and six touchdowns on the way to the Super Bowl XXXIV championship.
Since then Holt has consistently reached at least 1,300 yards every season through 2005. He in fact is the only receiver in NFL history to post six consecutive years of 1,300 yards receiving. Holt's streak was broken in 2006, due to injuries to himself and other teammates that hindered the offense for parts of the year. Holt came into the NFL as number 88, but in 2001 changed his number to 81 (worn by Az-Zahir Hakim previously) as it still stands today.
Holt's career also includes 7 Pro Bowls (2000, 2001, 2003-2007) including the past five straight, 71 career TD's and 805 career receptions. He ranks among the top 10 active leaders in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and receptions, and has finished in the top ten of those three categories in each of the last five seasons(2003–2007). Holt has also led the league in receiving yardage on two separate occasions (2000, 2003), and receptions once (2003).
Holt led the NFL in receptions in 2003 and led the NFL in receiving yardage in 2000 and 2003. He was a First-team All-Pro in 2003 and a Second-team selection in 2006. On October 15th, 2006, Holt became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 receiving yards, doing so in the sixth game of his eighth season. Holt is also the fastest Player in NFL History to reach 11,000 receiving yards.
Holt indicated that he is not interested in signing an extension with the Rams. He is only due $5.65 and $6.65 million in the last two years of his contract. He will become a free agent in 2010. Tory Holt was cut on February 13, 2009
Jaguars[edit | edit source]
Holt signed with the Jaguars and only got 722 yards and 1 63 yard TD. Hw was generally overshadowed by Mike Sims Walker. However, one year after the Jags released Holt, Sims Walker was cut suprisingly.
Holt also played for the Patriots but hurt his knee badly and ended his chance with the patriots.
NFL records[edit | edit source]
- Consecutive seasons with at least 1,300 yards receiving (6).
- Consecutive seasons with 90+ receptions (6).
- Torry Holt along with Marvin Harrison are the only receivers with multiple 1,600 yard receiving seasons.
Currently, Holt is first all time in NFL history in receiving yards per game with an 84.7 yards per game average.
Endorsements[edit | edit source]
Holt appears in television commercials for Fathead, Imo's Pizza, Phil Lynch's Barbershop, Burger King, Reebok, and the NFL Network.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- On his left arm Torry Holt has the letters TJH for Torry Jabar Holt
- On his right calf he has the tattoo of 54 for a tribute to his friend
- On his right arm he has a tattoo with DISCO written on it
- Changed his number from 88 to 81 in 2001, after Az-Zahir Hakim, Holt's former teammate, went to the Detroit Lions following the 2001 free agency period.
- Created foundation during 1999 offseason dedicated to supporting the fight against cancer in all forms, with a specific emphasis on children. The Holt Foundation was established in 1999 in memory of his mother, Ojetta Holt-Shoffner.
- Spokesman, along with other St. Louis professional athletes, for Diversity Awareness Partnership in St. Louis.
References[edit | edit source]
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- NFLPLAYERS.COM Player Bio
- Torry Holt stats
- Pro-Football-Reference.com - career statistics
- Torry Holt's personal official site
- CNNSI.com Draft Video
- Rams Player Bio
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