Legendary Rams receiver Torry Holt will return to the place where it all began on Wednesday when he will sign a one-day contract with the team and officially announce his retirement from the NFL.
Word of the decision to bring Holt back to St. Louis for a chance to go out with the team that drafted him sixth overall in 1999 leaked out late last week but the details were finalized Monday morning.
“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,” 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 it’s fitting that this is also where it ends.”
Holt’s announcement will come at an 11 a.m. news conference on Wednesday at Rams Park.
“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,” Rams Executive Vice President of Football Operations/C.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. We’re proud to celebrate this special day with Torry and to welcome him back home.”
Holt spent the first decade of an illustrious NFL career as one of the key figures in the era of the “Greatest Show on Turf.” In that span, he caught 869 passes for 12,660 yards and 74 touchdowns. All three of those totals rank second in team history, trailing only Isaac Bruce, who also signed a one-day contract to retire with the Rams in 2010.
At the end of his 11-year career, Holt ranked 10th in NFL history in receiving yards (13,382) and 13th in receptions (920). In his rookie season, Holt posted seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXIV to help win a world championship.
While other receivers made more noise than the gregarious Holt, few put up better numbers. In fact, over a 10 year span at the beginning of the 2000s, no receiver in football was more consistently excellent.
During that time, Holt led all NFL receivers in receptions (868) and yards (12,594) and he ranked fifth in touchdown catches (68). Also in that time, 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. He also surpassed the 11,000-yard mark in just 131 games, making him the fastest player in NFL history to reach the milestone.
That production figures to put Holt firmly in the mix for induction into the Hall of Fame when his name comes up on the ballot in five years. In the meantime, Holt has been working as an analyst for the NFL Network.
You can watch Holt's goodbye news conference on Wednesday at 11 a.m. live right here on stlouisrams.com.