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Torry Holt

Torry Holt

American football player, wide receiver
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro American football player, wide receiver
Countries United States of America
Occupations American football player
Gender male
Birth June 5, 1976 (Gibsonville, North Carolina, U.S.A.)
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 200 lbs
Education North Carolina State University
Torry Holt
The details

Torry Jabar Holt (born June 5, 1976) is a former professional American football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl seven times and retired with the 10th most receiving yards, including a record six consecutive seasons with 1,300 yards. He played college football at North Carolina State University, and earned consensus All-American honors. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft, and spent the next ten years with the Rams and is remembered as one of the members of the "Greatest Show on Turf."

Early years

Holt grew up in Gibsonville, North Carolina. He was Prep Football Report All-America selection, adding all-state honors at Eastern Guilford High School in Gibsonville. While there, he caught 129 passes during his 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 the Charlotte Observer. After high school, Holt attended Hargrave Military Academy in 1994. There he caught 21 passes for 524 yards and six touchdowns. Torry also appeared with then-teammate Marshall Faulk in Nelly's Air Force Ones music video.

College career

Holt attended North Carolina State University, and played wide receiver for the NC State Wolfpack football team from 1995 to 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 receptions. Holt was a consensus first-team All-American 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 the 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. He majored in sociology. Holt's number, 81, was retired in 1999.

College statistics

Year Team GP Rec Yards TDs
1995 NC State 11 17 261 1
1996 NC State 7 24 415 3
1997 NC State 11 62 1,099 16
1998 NC State 11 88 1,604 11
College Totals 40 191 3,379 31


Professional career


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
192 lb
(87 kg)
4.38 s 1.57 s 2.62 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
15 reps
40-yard dash result is from NC State Pro Day workout, all other values from 1999 NFL Scouting Combine.

After injuring his knee at the Senior Bowl, Holt, at 192 pounds, ran a 4.44 second 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 37 inches at the 1999 NFL Combine

St. Louis Rams

Holt was the sixth overall draft pick in the 1999 NFL Draft and the first selection made by the St. Louis Rams. On July 23, 1999, Holt signed a five-year, $10 million contract, including a $5.4 million signing bonus, with the Rams. In his rookie season, he posted 52 receptions, 788 total yards and six touchdowns on the way to the Super Bowl XXXIV championship. From 1999 to 2001, the Rams scored over 500 points each season, and their offense was dubbed "The Greatest Show on Turf".

Beginning in 2000, Holt reached at least 1,300 yards every season through 2005, a league record of six consecutive seasons. Holt's streak was broken in 2006, due to injuries to himself and other teammates that hindered the offense for parts of the season. Holt came into the NFL as #88, but in 2002 changed his number to 81 (worn by Az-Zahir Hakim previously).

Holt's career also includes 7 Pro Bowls (2000, 2001, 2003–2007) including five straight, 74 career touchdowns for 448 points (including 2 two-point conversions) and 920 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 five straight seasons(2003–2007). Holt has also led the league in receiving yardage on two separate occasions (2000, 2003), and receptions once (2003). Holt is tenth all time in receiving yards, and eleventh all time in pass receptions.

Holt makes a reception at the 2008 Pro Bowl.

Prior to the 2003 seasons Holt agreed to a 7-year $42 million contract extension that included a $12.5 million signing bonus. 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 15, 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 and also to 11,000 yards.

His request for a release was granted by the Rams on March 13, 2009. If he was not released, he would have been due $5.65 and $6.65 million in the last two years of his contract and subsequently become a free agent in 2010.

Holt finished his 10-year career with the Rams starting 147 of 158 games, recording 869 receptions for 12,660 yards, and 74 touchdowns—ranking second in Rams' history in each category behind Isaac Bruce.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Holt was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on April 20, 2009, to a 3-year, $20 million deal. Holt had 51 catches, but for the first time in his career he did not have a touchdown reception. Holt was released by the team on February 11, 2010, and only earned $3.45 million of the $20 million contract.

New England Patriots

On April 20, 2010, Holt signed a one-year, $1.7 million contract with the New England Patriots. He was placed on injured reserve on August 15, 2010 as a result of a knee injury that would require surgery. He was released by the team on August 17, 2010 with an injury settlement.


On April 4, 2012, Holt signed a ceremonial contract with the St. Louis Rams to retire with the team. He retired from professional football ranked 10th in league history with 13,382 yards receiving and 13th with 920 receptions.

Hall of Fame Voting

As of 2016, Holt has been a second year semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

NFL statistics

Season Team Games Receiving Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
1999 STL 16 15 52 788 15.2 63 6 3 2
2000 STL 16 15 82 1,635 19.9 85 6 2 2
2001 STL 16 14 81 1,363 16.8 51 7 2 0
2002 STL 16 11 91 1,302 14.3 58 4 1 1
2003 STL 16 15 117 1,696 14.5 48 12 1 0
2004 STL 16 16 94 1,372 14.6 75 10 3 1
2005 STL 14 14 102 1,331 13.0 44 9 2 1
2006 STL 16 16 93 1,188 12.8 67 10 2 1
2007 STL 16 16 93 1,189 12.8 40 7 2 1
2008 STL 16 14 64 796 12.4 45 3 0 0
2009 JAX 15 12 51 722 14.2 63 0 1 1
Career 173 158 920 13,382 14.5 85 74 19 10

Post-playing career

On November 20, 2010 during the Raycom Sports broadcast of the annual NCSU game with UNC-Chapel Hill, sideline reporter Mike Hogewood prefaced an interview with Holt stating that he had retired. Holt has since gotten into broadcasting with Fox Sports, providing commentary for their NFL coverage.

Holt joined NFL Network in 2010 as an analyst on the network’s signature show, NFL Total Access, as well as other NFL Network shows and specials. He made his debut as an analyst on the NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Selection Show on Dec. 28, 2010.

He is the older brother of safety Terrence Holt. The brothers co-own Holt Brothers, Inc..

Beginning in 2015, Holt became Heritage High School's (NC) assistant football coach and wide receiver's coach, along with former NFL players Dewayne Washington and Willie Parker.

NFL records

  • Consecutive seasons with at least 1,300 yards receiving (6).
  • Consecutive seasons with 90+ receptions (6).
  • Seasons with 1,600 yards receiving (2).
  • Highest Average Gain, Game (3 receptions +), 63.00, September 24, 2000
  • Ranked first in the NFL from 2000-08 with 817 receptions for 11,872 yards and 562 first downs during that span
  • Ranks in the Top 10 in career receiving yards
  • Third-highest receiving yards per game, career (77.4 yds/game)
  • Receptions in a single decade (868, 2000–2009)
  • Receiving yards in a single decade (12,594, 2000–2009)
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