Torrance "Torry" Jabar Holt
(born June 5
in Gibsonville, North Carolina
) nicknamed "Big Game"
is an NFL
wide receiver who currently plays for the St. Louis Rams
. He is the older brother of Carolina Panthers safety Terrence Holt
and cousin of Montgomery College Cordero Holt
. As of 2008 only he, Leonard Little
, Orlando Pace
, and Trent Green
are the only Rams members to be on their Super Bowl XXXIV
victory in the 1999 season.
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 receptionsfor 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.
North Carolina State
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 team, setting Wolfpack season records with 62 receptions for 1,099 yards, topping marks of 55 by Naz Worthen (1988) while becoming first player 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.
1999 NFL Draft
The St. Louis Rams
selected Holt in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft
, as the sixth overall pick.
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
. In his rookie season he posted 53 receptions, 788 total yards and six touchdowns on the way to the Super Bowl XXXIV
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.
Since 2000, Holt has the most receiving yards.
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.
- 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.
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.
Holt appears in television commercials for Fathead
, Imo's Pizza
, Phil Lynch's Barbershop, Burger King
, and the NFL Network
- 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
- Changed his number from 54 in middle school to 88 to 81 in 2001
- 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.
- Was spokesperson for St.