After injuring his knee at the Senior Bowl
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, 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
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St. Louis Rams
Holt was the sixth overall draft pick in the 1999 NFL Draft
The 1999 NFL Draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 17-18, 1999...
and the first selection made by the St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams are a professional American football team based in St. Louis, Missouri. They are currently members of the West Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League . The Rams have won three NFL Championships .The Rams began playing in 1936 in Cleveland,...
. 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 53 receptions, 788 total yards and six touchdowns on the way to the Super Bowl XXXIV
Super Bowl XXXIV featured the National Football Conference champion St. Louis Rams and the American Football Conference champion Tennessee Titans in an American football game to decide the National Football League champion for the 1999 regular season...
Beginning in 2000 Holt 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
Az-Zahir Ali Hakim is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was originally drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round of the 1998 NFL Draft...
Holt's career also includes 7 Pro Bowls (2000, 2001, 2003–2007) including five straight, 74 career touchdowns for 446 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 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 is tenth all time in receiving yards, and eleventh all time in pass receptions.
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
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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
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Holt finished his 10-year career with the Rams starting 147 of 158 games, recording 869 receptions for 12,660 yards, and 74 touchdowns.
Holt was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars
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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 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
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. 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 November 20, 2010 during the Raycom Sports
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broadcast of the annual NCSU game with UNC-Chapel Hill, sideline reporter Mike Hogewood
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prefaced an interview with Holt stating that he had retired. Holt has since gotten into broadcasting with Fox Sports
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, providing commentary for their NFL
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Holt joined NFL Network
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in 2010 as an analyst on the network’s signature show, NFL Total Access
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, 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.
- Consecutive seasons with at least 1,300 yards receiving (6).
- Consecutive seasons with 90+ receptions (6).
- Torry Holt along with Marvin Harrison
Marvin Daniel Harrison is a former American football wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played college football at Syracuse...
are the only receivers with two 1,600 yard receiving seasons.
- Highest Average Gain, Game (3 receptions +), 63.00, Torry Holt, 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
- Reached 10,000 (116 games) and 11,000 (130 games) career receiving yards faster than any other player
- Super Bowl rookie record for receptions (7) and receiving yards (109) in 1999
- Top 10 in career receiving yards.
- Second-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)