ST. LOUIS, Mo. Seven-time Pro Bowl WR Torry Holt will sign a one-day contract with the St. Louis Rams and will retire as a member of the organization with which he spent his first 10 NFL seasons. The Rams will hold a news conference with Holt at Rams Park on Wednesday, April 4 at 11 a.m. to discuss Holts retirement.
Torrys career achievements define him as one of the franchises most exciting players, and its only appropriate that he complete his remarkable career in a Rams uniform, Rams Executive Vice President of Football OperationsC.O.O. Kevin Demoff said. As a key figure in one of the greatest offenses in NFL history, Torry spent an entire decade thrilling St. Louis fans with his clutch catches. Were proud to celebrate this special day with Torry and to welcome him back home.
Holt concluded his career ranked 10th in NFL history in receiving yards (13,382) and 13th in receptions (920). As a Ram, Holt caught 869 passes for 12,660 yards and 74 touchdowns. All three of those totals rank second in team history, trailing only Holts mentor and good friend Isaac Bruce.
I loved everything about being a Ram, and I feel blessed that Im able to formally finish my career with the organization that drafted me in 1999, Holt said. The fans and the city of St. Louis have been so good to me. I feel very fortunate that I was able to come to St. Louis and be surrounded by so many outstanding players and coaches. This is where it all started, and its fitting that this is also where it ends.
Holt was drafted by the Rams with the sixth overall pick in 1999 and made an immediate impact. He led all NFL rookies in receptions (52) and receiving yards (788). He also hauled in six touchdown passes in the regular season and added another in Super Bowl XXXIV to help the Rams upend the Tennessee Titans for the franchises only Super Bowl victory. He caught seven passes for 109 yards against Tennessee to set a rookie Super Bowl record.
A year later, Holt led the NFL with 1,653 receiving yards, which started a string of an NFL-record six-consecutive seasons with at least 1,300 yards. Holt surpassed the 11,000-yard mark in just 131 games, making him the fastest player in NFL history to reach the milestone.
From 2000-09, Holts numbers topped all receivers, and he was named to the NFLs All-Decade Team for the 2000s. During that time period, Holt led all NFL receivers in receptions (868) and yards (12,594), and he ranked fifth in touchdown catches during the decade (68).
Holt spent the 2009 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars and a year later sparked a broadcasting career as an analyst with the NFL Network.