Torry Holt Retires a Ram

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Looking back at “Big Game” (Link)

Holt’s greatness as a player can easily be measured in numbers. His clockwork consistency made him the most productive and dependable receiver of the 2000s. His knack for the spectacular never simmered far from the surface. Even as a rookie, Holt showed no fear on the game’s grandest stage as he helped the Rams to the Super Bowl XXXIV title helping solidify the “Big Game” moniker that would stay with him.

What made Holt special, much like his running mate Bruce, was that for as terrific as he was on the field, he was that good of a person off it. Teammates revered him, coaches trusted him completely and every person he interacted with got the very best of Torry, not some robotic facsimile that majored in insincerity.

In 2007, I had the opportunity to write a feature about Holt, Bruce and then receivers coach Henry Ellard. It’s one of my favorite stories I’ve done in the eight years I’ve had this job. For as much as I loved talking to Bruce and Holt, I loved listening to Ellard talk ABOUT them.

Much like Bruce, Ellard is a quiet kind of guy with a keen eye for the little details and a brain set on astute perspective. Ellard told me a story about when the light came on for Holt, a game against Miami early in Holt’s career where he ran a deep 8-route and caught a touchdown pass.

When Holt went to the sideline, he walked up to Ellard wearing that aforementioned grin on his face. Ellard asked Holt what he was smiling about and Holt told him that the play had felt like it happened in slow motion. In other words, Holt was seeing things like he’d never seen them before and the play had felt, well, easy.

Ellard told Holt that it meant everything had clicked and Holt went on to one of the most productive and exciting careers by a wide receiver in league history. He wore that same smile for the rest of his time in the NFL.

In five years, Holt’s name will come up for debate amongst the voting members of the Hall of Fame. Holt plays a position that is forming a backlog of talent so it remains to be seen whether he garners the necessary votes to get in.

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12 Responses to Torry Holt Retires a Ram

  1. runwiththepack 04/04/2012 at 6:47 PM #

    While Holt was a player, it seems that we didn’t hear him speak very much. But he had the microphone more often as a Ram. I must say that hearing him speak with intelligence, class, and dignity made me just as proud of him as what he did on the field.

    Thank you again and again for coming to NCSU, Hall-Of-Famer! So many times, Holt would make another great catch, and i would just simply say “good God!” from the bleachers. And thank you for being a great and conspicuous Wolf-packer after your days in Raleigh.

    Can you sing? Get up with Scotty and put together a good song for State Fans Nation.

  2. tractor57 04/04/2012 at 7:17 PM #

    Some years ago (after Torry was a name with the Rams) a friend who worked as a bank teller in Cameron Village met Torry. She always has been a Duke fan even so she came away with nothing but glowing words for Torry the person. Recently I have seen him on the NFL Network speaking with both authority and grace.

    Well done Torry!

  3. state73 04/04/2012 at 7:40 PM #

    congradulations to a great football player, a greater WOLFPACK supporter and an even greater person!!!

  4. MISTA WOLF 04/04/2012 at 8:14 PM #

    Torry Holt will always be my favorite Wolfpack player. He revolutionized the usage of the bubble screen.

  5. choppack1 04/04/2012 at 9:32 PM #

    This is all you need to know about torry holt.

    I’m not sure if it was his junior or senior season. It was a few games into the season and our deep snapper was struggling badly. He had just finished snapping.the ball clean over the punters was his second mistake in a close ball game. He was by himself on the sideline. No one wanted to talk to him.

    Here comes torry, he talks to him, supports the guy. That is a teammate and a leader.

  6. PackFanInLA 04/04/2012 at 11:35 PM #

    How can he not be a first ballot guy? Top ten in career receiving yards and second highest yards/game average EVER? And a ring and tons of wins to go with it. It would be an outrage if he doesn’t get in the HOF. I am biased though.

    He is just so smooth. Saw him play bball in carmichael gym. It was incredible to see how fast and effortless that guy could run. unreal.

  7. logarithm 04/05/2012 at 7:45 AM #

    Last football season, he was on the sidelines at at least a few games in a #1 Amerson jersey. After the game, he was throwing a ball around with some other fans, adults and children, in the parking lot. His daughter had an #81 jersey with “Daddy” in the name field. It was adorable.

    I hope he makes the HOF on his first ballot and isn’t the next Cris Carter. This will give him more time to do charitable work with the Holt Foundation.

  8. LRM 04/05/2012 at 7:48 AM #

    I’ve never seen a single player dominate a single team like Holt did Florida State in 1997 and 1998. Everyone remembers the 1998 game, but in Tallahassee the year prior, he reeled in five TDs. It’s hard to believe I’m old enough for his career to be over.

  9. BJD95 04/05/2012 at 9:35 AM #

    It’s hard to imagine ever liking a Wolfpacker more than Torry Holt, Erik Kramer, and Rodney Monroe. Though Calvin is approaching Top 10-15 status.

    Thanks for being an awesome representative of NC State, Torry. You’re a HOFer with all of us, for sure.

  10. Greywolf 04/05/2012 at 1:41 PM #

    The punt return for 6 at C-F is my favorite memory or Torry.

  11. Gene 04/05/2012 at 2:31 PM #

    “I hope he makes the HOF on his first ballot and isn’t the next Cris Carter. ”

    Like fine wine, cheese and whiskey HoF voters believe a WR should be properly aged, before getting into the HoF.

  12. lupus occidit arietem 04/06/2012 at 5:31 PM #

    HOF – on the field
    HOF – in life

    Congrats on a great run Tory, and thanks for representing us all, proud to call you one of the pack brother.

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