Torry Holt gets his shot to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend. The 6th over all pick for the Rams in 1999. Holt will want to follow fellow Rams receiver and team mate Isaac Bruce who got his invite to the Hall of Fame last year.
Greatest Show on Turf
Holt was part of the formidable Rams offence at the turn of the Millennium nicknames “the greatest show on turf”. The Rams offence lead the league in both points and yards for three straight seasons, 1999-2001.
The Rams made the Super Bowl in Holt’s rookie year. Facing off against the Tennessee Titans in the Georgia Dome in Super Bowl XXXIV. Holt scored a touchdown on 7 catches for 109 yards as the Rams triumphed 23-16.
Holt’s second year was a belter; he lead the league with 1635 receiving yards, at the time the 7th most in a season ever. The Rams made the Super Bowl again in 2001, falling to the Patriots 17-20 in Super Bowl XXXVI in Louisiana.
Holt’s 1696 yards and 117 receptions lead the league in 2003, getting Holt awarded his only All Pro selection. Holt had 8 consecutive seasons with over 1000 yards, between 2000 and 2007. Only 5 players ever have had more 1000 yard reception seasons than Holt.
His 6 consecutive seasons 2000-’05 with over 1300 receiving yards is an NFL record as is his 6 consecutive seasons 2002-’07 with over 90 receptions. Holt had the most receptions, 868, and yards 12594, between 2000-’09 earning him a spot on the NFL All-Decade Team of the 2000’s.
After the Rams
Holt left the Rams following 10 years, which included 920 receptions, 13382 yards and 74 touchdowns. All of which are 2nd to Isaac Bruce, who tops all those categories all time for the Rams.
A single season in Jacksonville would be Holts last stand in the NFL. He chipped in, on what was a middle of the road 7-9 team, with 722 yards on 51 receptions. It was his only season without a touchdown.
Off to Canton?
There’s plenty of “Pros” for also a few “Cons” against Holt making the Hall of Fame. It’s unfortunate for him that he may always be in the shadow of team mate Isaac Bruce. Bruce is in the Hall of Fame but trumps Holt in the majority of statistical categories and also played 50 more games. An extra few seasons may have helped Holt’s chances. But it’s hard to argue against his record, easily one of the best receivers early 2000s.