Torry "Big Game" Holt Retires a St. Louis Ram at Wednesday Press Conference
Torry "Big Game" Holt, a key component to the "Greatest Show on Turf," retired as a St. Louis Ram today after signing a one-day contract with the team.
Holt, who currently works as an analyst for the NFL Network, reached more than 1,300 yards every season from 2000-2005 as a Ram. He is the only wide receiver in the history of the NFL to accomplish this feat. He was also a seven-time Pro Bowler in 2000, 2001 and 2003-2007.
During his 10-year tenure with the Rams, Holt finished with 869 receptions for 12,660 yards and 74 touchdowns.
At the press conference, an emotional Holt reflected upon many great memories, including his Super Bowl Championship. He also thanked the City of St. Louis.
"I always tried to make sure that the fans understood how much we respected and appreciated their effort at the Edward Jones Dome on Sundays and leading up to Sundays," Holt said. "Their commitment, their passion, their love for St. Louis Rams football was outstanding. They gave us so much energy to go out there and perform, and do what we do on Sundays."
According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holt said he would work with the Rams wideouts during training camps this offseason.
The question for Holt now is whether the wide receiver is a future Hall of Famer. Holt, who had an undeniably exceptional career, may just squeeze into joining the other NFL greats in Canton. However, many argue that while Holt was a tremendous talent, he is just shy of being considered in the same league as other wide receivers elected into the Hall of Fame.
It should be noted that it took the great Art Monk forever to reach the Hall of Fame, and Cris Carter and Andre Reed still have not been elected.
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Drafted sixth overall in the 1999 NFL Draft, Holt would sign a five-year, $10 million contract with St. Louis. He had 53 receptions for 788 yards and six touchdowns during his rookie season, and would go on to win the Super Bowl.
Holt requested to be released from his contract with the Rams in 2009 and went on to sign a three-year, $20 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
He was released the following year before signing a one-year, $1.7 million deal with the New England Patriots. He would be released several months later after being placed on injured reserve prior to the start of the season.
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