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Torry Holt      

Former NFL Wide Receiver

Torrence Jabar Holt is a wide receiver who came out of North Carolina State in 1999. The St. Louis Rams selected Holt in the first round of the NFL Draft. He was the sixth overall pick in 1999 and fondly called as “Torry”.

In his senior season at North Carolina State (NCS), Holt set numerous Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) single-season records, including most receptions (88, which was broken by Kenneth Moore of Wake Forest) and most receiving yards (1,604). He also set a NCS record for most touchdown catches with 16. That season he was the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and a consensus First-team All-American.

In the NFL, Holt is one of the elite. In nine seasons, he has made 805 receptions for a total of 11,864 yards (14.7 YPC) and 71 touchdowns. He has fumbled 19 times, losing nine. He’s a seven-time Pro Bowl selection (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007), a one-time All-Pro choice (2003) and the Rams MVP (2003 and 2005). In 1999, he was Rams Rookie of the Year, and he was on the Super Bowl XXXIV Championship team. He has been an active member of various major teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars along with the New England Patriots.

On 20 April, 2010, he signed a one year of 1.7 million dollar contract with the Patriots team. He was placed on injured reserve on 15th August, 2010, due to a knee injury that required surgery. It was on 17th August, 2010, he got released from the team with an injury settlement and soon after wards, he announced his retirement from the field. At present, he is into broadcasting with Fox Sports, offering commentary for their NFL coverage.

Although not the biggest guy in the world at six-foot-even and 200 pounds, he’s got good speed and fine athleticism. His feet are quick and his hands are good enough to get a fine thrust off the line. He’s got a nice burst of speed on the route and is a smooth and accurate route runner. His quickness, cuts, body placement and much more help him confuse and elude defenders. His speed and acceleration are good enough to stretch the field vertically. His deep threat potential often allows him to get underneath defenses in the middle. When in the air, he’s very competitive and is always willing to go for the ball at its highest point. His stop and start after the catch and follow through are both effective in eluding defenders. There are concerns about his potential for injury.

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