Former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Torry Holt will sign a one-day contract and retire as a member of the Rams, the team 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 the retirement, according to reports.
Torry's career achievements define him as one of the franchise's most exciting players, and it's only appropriate that he complete his remarkable career in a Rams uniform, said Rams Executive Vice President of Football Operations and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff. 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. We're proud to celebrate this special day with Torry and to welcome him back home.
Holt was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 2000's. During that time period, Holt led all NFL receivers in receptions (868) and yards (12,594) and ranked fifth in touchdowns (68). (Reuters/Tim Parker)
Holt ranks 10th in NFL history in receiving yards (13,382), 13th in receptions (920) and 28th in touchdowns (74). During his time with St. Louis from 1999 to 2008, Holt caught 869 passes for 12,660 yards and 74 touchdowns, all those marks ranking second in team history, trailing only Holt's former teammate Isaac Bruce's.
I loved everything about being a Ram, and I feel blessed that I'm able to formally finish my career with the organization that drafted me in 1999, said Holt. 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 it's fitting that this is also where it ends.
The Rams drafted Holt sixth overall in 1999, and that year, led all NFL rookies in receptions (52) and receiving yards (788). He also caught six touchdowns in the regular season and added another in Super Bowl XXXIV, St. Louis's only Super Bowl victory.
The next season, 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. The seven-time Pro Bowler surpassed the 11,000-yard mark in just 131 games, making him the fastest player in NFL history to reach that milestone.
Holt spent the 2009 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. A year later on April 20, 2010, he signed a one-year, $1.7 million contract with the New England Patriots, but was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 15, 2010 because of a knee injury. The Patriots released Holt a week later on Aug. 17, 2010. Now, Holt works as a broadcast analyst with the NFL Network.
The former wide receiver, who retired after 10 seasons with the Rams, including a Super Bowl victory, and two stints with the Jaguars and Patriots, announced Wednesday night on NFL Network's Total Access that he will sign a contract