Torry Holt

Torry Jabar Holt (born June 5, 1976) is a former professional American football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl seven times and retired with the 10th most receiving yards, including a record six consecutive seasons with 1,300 yards. He played college football at North Carolina State University, and earned consensus All-American honors. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft, and spent the next ten years with the Rams and is remembered as one of the members of the "Greatest Show on Turf."

Torry Holt
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Holt with the Rams in November 2008
No. 81, 88
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:June 5, 1976 (age 42)
Gibsonville, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Eastern Guilford
(Gibsonville, North Carolina)
College:North Carolina State
NFL Draft:1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:920
Receiving yards:13,382
Receiving touchdowns:74
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Holt grew up in Gibsonville, North Carolina. He was Prep Football Report All-America selection, adding all-state honors at Eastern Guilford High School in Gibsonville. While there, he caught 129 passes during his career, gaining 2,573 yards and scoring 42 touchdowns including 56 receptions for 983 yards and 17 touchdowns as senior. He also returned three punts and three kickoffs for touchdowns during his career. Additionally, Holt was a standout defensive back who posted 62 tackles and four interceptions as senior. He was named one of the Top 25 players in the state by the Charlotte Observer. After high school, Holt attended Hargrave Military Academy in 1994. There he caught 21 passes for 524 yards and six touchdowns. Torry also appeared with then-teammate Marshall Faulk in Nelly's Air Force Ones music video.

College career

Holt attended North Carolina State University, and played wide receiver for the NC State Wolfpack football team from 1995 to 1998. In his senior year, Holt was named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year. That season, he set ACC records of 88 receptions (since broken by Kenneth Moore of Wake Forest) for 1,604 yards and an NC State record of 16 touchdown receptions. Holt was a consensus first-team All-American as senior. He was also a finalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top receiver. As a junior, he led the team, setting Wolfpack season records with 62 receptions for 1,099 yards, topping marks of 55 by Naz Worthen (1988) while becoming the first player in team history to gain more than 1,000 yards in a season. He started in five of the first seven games as sophomore. He majored in sociology. Holt's number, 81, was retired in 1999.[1]

College statistics

Receiving
Year Team GP Rec Yards TDs
1995 NC State 11 17 261 1
1996 NC State 7 24 415 3
1997 NC State 11 62 1,099 16
1998 NC State 11 88 1,604 11
College Totals 40 191 3,379 31

Source:[2]

Professional career

Pre-draft

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
192 lb
(87 kg)
4.38 s 1.57 s 2.62 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
15 reps
40-yard dash result is from NC State Pro Day workout, all other values from 1999 NFL Scouting Combine.[3][4]

After injuring his knee at the Senior Bowl, Holt, at 192 pounds, ran a 4.44 second 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 37 inches at the 1999 NFL Combine[5][6]

St. Louis Rams

Holt was the sixth overall draft pick in the 1999 NFL Draft and the first selection made by the St. Louis Rams. On July 23, 1999, Holt signed a five-year, $10 million contract, including a $5.4 million signing bonus, with the Rams.[7] In his rookie season, he posted 52 receptions, 788 total yards and six touchdowns on the way to the Super Bowl XXXIV championship. From 1999 to 2001, the Rams scored over 500 points each season, and their offense was dubbed "The Greatest Show on Turf".[8]

Beginning in 2000, Holt reached at least 1,300 yards every season through 2005, a league record of six consecutive seasons.[8] Holt's streak was broken in 2006, due to injuries to himself and other teammates that hindered the offense for parts of the season. Holt came into the NFL as #88, but in 2002 changed his number to 81 (worn by Az-Zahir Hakim previously).

Holt's career also includes 7 Pro Bowls (2000, 2001, 2003–2007) including five straight, 74 career touchdowns for 448 points (including 2 two-point conversions) and 920 career receptions. He ranks among the top 10 active leaders in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and receptions, and has finished in the top ten of those three categories in five straight seasons(2003–2007). Holt has also led the league in receiving yardage on two separate occasions (2000, 2003), and receptions once (2003). Holt is tenth all time in receiving yards, and eleventh all time in pass receptions.

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Holt makes a reception at the 2008 Pro Bowl.

Prior to the 2003 seasons Holt agreed to a 7-year $42 million contract extension that included a $12.5 million signing bonus.[9] Holt led the NFL in receptions in 2003 and led the NFL in receiving yardage in 2000 and 2003. He was a First-team All-Pro in 2003 and a Second-team selection in 2006. On October 15, 2006, Holt became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 receiving yards doing so in the sixth game of his eighth season and also to 11,000 yards.

His request for a release was granted by the Rams on March 13, 2009.[10] If he was not released, he would have been due $5.65 and $6.65 million in the last two years of his contract and subsequently become a free agent in 2010.

Holt finished his 10-year career with the Rams starting 147 of 158 games, recording 869 receptions for 12,660 yards, and 74 touchdowns—ranking second in Rams' history in each category behind Isaac Bruce.[8]

Jacksonville Jaguars

Holt was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on April 20, 2009, to a 3-year, $20 million deal.[11][12] Holt had 51 catches, but for the first time in his career he did not have a touchdown reception. Holt was released by the team on February 11, 2010, and only earned $3.45 million of the $20 million contract.

New England Patriots

On April 20, 2010, Holt signed a one-year, $1.7 million contract with the New England Patriots.[13] He was placed on injured reserve on August 15, 2010 as a result of a knee injury that would require surgery. He was released by the team on August 17, 2010 with an injury settlement.

Retirement

On April 4, 2012, Holt signed a ceremonial contract with the St. Louis Rams to retire with the team.[14] He retired from professional football ranked 10th in league history with 13,382 yards receiving and 13th with 920 receptions.[8]

Hall of Fame Voting

As of 2016, Holt has been a second year semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[15]

NFL statistics

Season Team Games Receiving Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
1999 STL 16 15 52 788 15.2 63 6 3 2
2000 STL 16 15 82 1,635 19.9 85 6 2 2
2001 STL 16 14 81 1,363 16.8 51 7 2 0
2002 STL 16 11 91 1,302 14.3 58 4 1 1
2003 STL 16 15 117 1,696 14.5 48 12 1 0
2004 STL 16 16 94 1,372 14.6 75 10 3 1
2005 STL 14 14 102 1,331 13.0 44 9 2 1
2006 STL 16 16 93 1,188 12.8 67 10 2 1
2007 STL 16 16 93 1,189 12.8 40 7 2 1
2008 STL 16 14 64 796 12.4 45 3 0 0
2009 JAX 15 12 51 722 14.2 63 0 1 1
Career[16] 173 158 920 13,382 14.5 85 74 19 10

Post-playing career

On November 20, 2010 during the Raycom Sports broadcast of the annual NCSU game with UNC-Chapel Hill, sideline reporter Mike Hogewood prefaced an interview with Holt stating that he had retired. Holt has since gotten into broadcasting with Fox Sports, providing commentary for their NFL coverage.[17]

Holt joined NFL Network in 2010 as an analyst on the network’s signature show, NFL Total Access, as well as other NFL Network shows and specials. He made his debut as an analyst on the NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Selection Show on December 28, 2010.

He is the older brother of safety Terrence Holt. The brothers co-own Holt Brothers, Inc..

Beginning in 2015, Holt became Heritage High School's (NC) assistant football coach and wide receiver's coach, along with former NFL players Dewayne Washington and Willie Parker.[18]

NFL records

  • Consecutive seasons with at least 1,300 yards receiving (6).
  • Consecutive seasons with 90+ receptions (6).
  • Seasons with 1,600 yards receiving (2).
  • Highest Average Gain, Game (3 receptions +), 63.00, September 24, 2000
  • Ranked first in the NFL from 2000-08 with 817 receptions for 11,872 yards and 562 first downs during that span
  • Ranks in the Top 10 in career receiving yards
  • Third-highest receiving yards per game, career (77.4 yds/game)
  • Receptions in a single decade (868, 2000–2009)
  • Receiving yards in a single decade (12,594, 2000–2009)

References

  1. ^ "Retired Football Jerseys". Gopack.com.
  2. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/torry-holt-1.html
  3. ^ "Paul Kurger". NFL Draft Scout.com. March 25, 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2009.
  4. ^ Charlotte Observer "HOLT'S FAST 40 TIME PUTS FEARS TO REST", April 12, 1999.
  5. ^ Torry Holt, WR, North Carolina State - 1999 NFL Draft Scout Profile, Powered by The SportsXchange Archived June 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Holt, Torry (March 23, 1999).Sports Illustrated.com"Ready to Show Everyone", Retrieved April 18, 2009.
  7. ^ The Washington Times. July 24, 1999. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
  8. ^ a b c d "Former star WR Torry Holt retires with the Rams". yahoo.com. Associated Press. April 4, 2012. Archived from the original on April 5, 2012.
  9. ^ New York Times July 19, 2003. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
  10. ^ Rams release Torry Holt Archived March 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Jags Sign WR Holt To Multi-Year Deal". April 20, 2009. Retrieved April 20, 2009.
  12. ^ "Source: Torry Holt signed three-year deal with Jacksonville Jaguars". April 20, 2009. Retrieved April 20, 2009.
  13. ^ Reiss, Mike (April 20, 2010). "Patriots agree with veteran WR Holt". ESPNBoston.com. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  14. ^ "Holt set to retire: 'I loved everything about being a Ram'". NFL.com.
  15. ^ http://www.stltoday.com/sports/football/professional/warner-pace-bruce-holt-are-hall-of-fame-semifinalists/article_fe3a634f-5315-5995-b0fc-a14f91c74ef1.html
  16. ^ "Torry Holt Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  17. ^ Gantt, Darin (November 23, 2010). "@daringantt". Twitter.com. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  18. ^ "Heritage hires Dewayne Washington to coach football, Torry Holt to be assistant". highschoolot.com. Retrieved January 15, 2017.

External links

1999 St. Louis Rams season

The 1999 St. Louis Rams season was the team’s 62nd year with the National Football League and the fifth season in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams finished the regular-season with a record of 13–3, and the NFC West Championship.

It was the team’s first playoff appearance in St. Louis, their first since 1989, and their first division title since 1985.

The Rams were undefeated at home for the first time since 1973. On the road, the Rams were 5–3. In the post-season, they defeated the Minnesota Vikings, who had just posted one of the greatest offenses in NFL history the year before, by a score of 49–37 in the NFC Divisional Playoffs and went on to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11–6 in the NFC Championship Game. Both of those games were played in St. Louis. The Rams then won their first ever Super Bowl title, defeating the Tennessee Titans by a score of 23–16 in Super Bowl XXXIV. The game was played on January 30, 2000 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. It was also the franchise’s first NFL World Championship since 1951, when the Rams played in Los Angeles. The Rams also became the first “dome-field” (indoor home games) team to win a Super Bowl.

It was the first season of the Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” offense. The 1999 Rams remain one of only four teams in NFL history to score more than 30 points twelve separate times in a single season. On defense, the Rams recorded seven interceptions returned for touchdowns, third most in NFL history.The Rams were the third St. Louis-based pro sports team to win a major championship, joining the Cardinals of Major League Baseball and the 1957–58 St. Louis (now Atlanta) Hawks of the NBA.

Quarterback Kurt Warner was the MVP in both the regular season and in Super Bowl XXXIV.

It was the final season the Rams wore their 1973-1999 uniforms that had been synonymous with their time in Los Angeles (although they brought them back as their home uniform set beginning in 2018).

2001 St. Louis Rams season

The 2001 St. Louis Rams season was the franchise's 64th season in the National Football League, the seventh season in St. Louis and the second under head coach Mike Martz. The Rams set a franchise record for wins in a season (14), while also going a perfect 8–0 on the road. Quarterback Kurt Warner would go on to win his second league MVP award. Along with Warner's 1999 MVP award and Marshall Faulk's 2000 award, the Rams had amassed the last three NFL MVP awards.

The Rams also became the first team in NFL history to open three consecutive seasons with six straight wins and the first to score 500 or more points in three consecutive seasons.

The Rams returned to the Super Bowl for a second time after shockingly winning their first title 2 years before, but this time against the 11-5 New England Patriots, led by Bill Belichick and sophomore quarterback Tom Brady. The Rams lost 17–20 and were expected by many to win their 2nd Super Bowl title. This was the Rams' last Super Bowl appearance until the 2018 season, when they defeated the Saints 26–23 in the NFC Championship game. By that time the Rams would be based in Los Angeles after relocating from St. Louis in 2016.

This was also the final season with the Rams as "The Greatest Show on Turf" as Kurt Warner struggled the following two seasons with the team. He was then replaced by Marc Bulger.

2003 All-Pro Team

The 2003 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 2003. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 2003 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008.

2003 St. Louis Rams season

The 2003 St. Louis Rams season was the franchise's 66th season in the National Football League, the 9th season in St. Louis and the 4th under head coach Mike Martz. The Rams were coming off a disappointing 7–9 season and former MVP Kurt Warner was demoted to backup quarterback; Marc Bulger earned the starting job after replacing Warner in 2002 and winning six of his seven starts. Though many agree that The Greatest Show on Turf ended after the 2001 season, the Rams nonetheless finished 12–4, winning the NFC West, only to lose to the eventual NFC champions Carolina Panthers. This would be the last time the Rams won the NFC West until the 2017 NFL season.

For the first time in 19 years, the Rams lost a playoff game at home. 2003 was also the last winning season that the Rams would achieve in St. Louis and was their last winning season anywhere until 2017 in Los Angeles. They did make the playoffs the following season despite a mediocre 8-8 record and are considered one of the worst teams to make the playoffs, along with the 2010 Seahawks (7-9) and the 1998 Cardinals (9-7).

Bulger was voted to play in the Pro Bowl following the season and was the game's MVP. As for Kurt Warner, he was released after the season in order to clear up cap space, and Bulger would spend the next six seasons as the Rams' starting quarterback.

2004 Pro Bowl

The 2004 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 2003 season. The game was played on February 8, 2004, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was NFC 55, AFC 52, the most points scored in a Pro Bowl game. Marc Bulger of the St. Louis Rams was the game's MVP.

2004 St. Louis Rams season

The 2004 St. Louis Rams season was the team’s 67th year with the National Football League and the tenth season in St. Louis.

Although the Rams’ record was good enough to qualify for the postseason, they did so without posting a winning record. Statistics site Football Outsiders calculates that the 2004 Rams were, play-for-play, the worst team to make the playoffs in the site's rating history. This was also the last time the Rams made the playoffs until 2017, when the franchise returned to Los Angeles; thus, this was the team’s final playoff appearance in St. Louis.

The season is memorable for the Rams drafting running back Steven Jackson with the 24th pick of the 2004 NFL Draft. During the season, the Rams relied less on Marshall Faulk, who was slowed by age and injuries, forcing Jackson to garner a bulk of the carries. He finished the season with 673 rushing yards despite seeing limited action.

The Rams, in the playoffs, defeated their rival Seattle Seahawks in the Wildcard round, but their 10th season in St. Louis ended in a 17–47 blowout to the Atlanta Falcons in the next round.

For the first time this season, the Rams completed a 2–0 regular season sweep of the rival Seahawks. They would not accomplish this again until 2015.

2005 Pro Bowl

The 2005 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 2004 season. The game was played February 13, 2005, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was AFC 38 – NFC 27. The most valuable player was Peyton Manning of the Colts. The game holds the record as the latest Pro Bowl played during the calendar year, and the latest NFL game.

2005 St. Louis Rams season

The 2005 St. Louis Rams season was the franchise's 68th year with the National Football League and the 11th season in St. Louis. They tried to improve on their previous output in which they won eight games. Instead, they collapsed and finished the season with a 6–10 record. From 2006 onwards the Rams collapsed: during the subsequent nine seasons in St. Louis, would never subsequently make the playoffs or have a winning record (although they almost made it into the playoffs in 2010 but lost to the Seahawks in their last game to lose the division), whilst their 6–42 record between 2007 and 2009 was the worst for such a period by any team between the World War II Chicago Cardinals and the 2015 to 2017 Cleveland Browns.

The news broke on October 10 when head coach Mike Martz announced he was leaving the team indefinitely after being diagnosed with a bacterial infection. A day before that, he coached his last game in a home loss against Seattle. Joe Vitt took over the sidelines for the rest of the season. Though Martz was medically cleared to return, management refused to let him do so and he was fired the day after the final regular season game. Several players said they enjoyed having Martz as their head coach.

As second-year running back Steven Jackson earned the starting position, this year was the final season for future Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk. He retired the following season due to knee injuries.

2006 St. Louis Rams season

The 2006 St. Louis Rams season was the franchise’s 69th year with the National Football League and the 12th season in St. Louis. The season began with the Rams trying to improve on their 6–10 record from 2005 under new head coach Scott Linehan. This was the Rams last non-losing season in St. Louis as the franchise would go on a ten-season losing record streak until 2017 in Los Angeles.

2007 St. Louis Rams season

The 2007 St. Louis Rams season was the 70th season for the team in the National Football League and their 13th in St. Louis, Missouri. This would prove the fourth worst season for the Rams during their time in St. Louis. The team looked to improve on an 8–8 record from 2006. However, the Rams slumped early, losing their first eight games of the season heading into their bye week. Following their bye, they would beat both New Orleans and San Francisco on the road before losing 5 of their last 6 games to conclude the season. The Rams 0–8 start to the season is the worst in franchise history and matched their 3rd ever longest losing streak. The Rams also went 1–7 at home in 2007, the worst in franchise history until it was broken by the 2009 team two years later. The Rams' defense was dismal and was the biggest scar on the team the entire season, as they allowed the second most points in the league during the season with 438. Beginning in 2007, the Rams failed to recording a winning season for the rest of their tenure in St. Louis. It wasn't until 2017, by which the team had returned to Los Angeles, that the team had another winning record, with 11-5.

Air Force Ones (song)

"Air Force Ones" is a song written and performed by the American rapper Nelly, from his Nellyville album that was released on November 7, 2002. The song was the third Top 5 hit from Nellyville on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #3. Its video, whose exteriors were shot at the SE corner of Delmar and Westgate in University City, Missouri, featured St. Louis professional athletes Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt, D'Marco Farr, Ray Lankford, and Ozzie Smith, and hip hop artists Big Tymers and WC (rapper).

Andrew Siciliano

Andrew David Siciliano (born 1974, in Virginia, U.S.) is an American sports television anchor, reporter and radio broadcaster. He is currently the sole host of NFL Sunday Ticket Red Zone, airing on DirecTV's Red Zone Channel (#703 on DirecTV). He has held this position since 2005. Andrew also serves as a host for NFL Total Access on the NFL Network. He has also hosted coverage of the Olympic Games in 2014 and 2016 for NBC Sports's coverage, mainly for the online-only events network "Gold Zone", which features a format which is equivalent to that of Red Zone. He is also the play-by-play voice announcer for the Los Angeles Rams.

Atlantic Coast Conference football individual awards

The Atlantic Coast Conference honors players and coaches upon the conclusion of each college football season with the following individual honors as voted on by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Los Angeles Rams awards

This page details awards won by the Los Angeles Rams American football team. The Rams were formerly based in St. Louis (1995–2015) and Cleveland (1936–1942, 1944–1945), as well as Los Angeles (1946–1994, 2016–present).

Los Angeles Rams statistics

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NC State Wolfpack football statistical leaders

The NC State Wolfpack football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the NC State Wolfpack football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Wolfpack represent North Carolina State University in the NCAA's Atlantic Coast Conference.

Although NC State began competing in intercollegiate football in 1892, the school's official record book does not generally lists records from before the 1960s, as records from before this decade are often incomplete and inconsistent.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since the 1960s, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Wolfpack have played in 10 bowl games since this decision, giving many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season.

Nischelle Turner

Nischelle Renee Turner is an entertainment correspondent for HLN's Showbiz Tonight and CNN. Previously she was an entertainment correspondent for KNBC in Los Angeles. She was a general assignment reporter for KTTV FOX 11 from 2004 and to October 2, 2008 and worked as a sideline reporter for FOX's Sunday NFL broadcasts, and did segments for a show called Dailies. Prior to KTTV, she worked for WEHT, the ABC affiliate in Evansville, Indiana and for WVUE, the FOX Affiliate in New Orleans. She is a native of Columbia, Missouri. She attended the University of Missouri, and graduated from its Journalism school in 1998. She used to work with either analyst Kurt Warner or Torry Holt and either play-by-play Chris Myers, Sam Rosen (sportscaster), or Chris Rose. She also works with Paul Sunderland on college basketball telecasts.

It was announced that she would replace Rocsi Diaz on Entertainment Tonight in fall 2014.

Terrence Holt

Terrence DaQuay Holt (born March 5, 1980) is a former American football safety. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 5th round (137th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at North Carolina State University.

Holt was also a member of the Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, and New Orleans Saints. He is the younger brother of All-Pro wide receiver Torry Holt.

The Greatest Show on Turf

"The Greatest Show on Turf" was a nickname for the record-breaking offense of the St. Louis Rams during the 1999, 2000, and 2001 National Football League seasons. The offense was designed by attack oriented offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who advocated mixing both an aerial attack and a run offense in the form of the Air Coryell style offense. The Rams' offense during these three seasons produced a largess of scoring, accrued yardage, three NFL MVP honors, and two Super Bowl appearances for the 1999 and 2001 seasons, of which they won the former.The offense was attuned to getting all five receivers out into patterns that stretched the field, setting up defensive backs with route technique, and the quarterback delivering to a spot on time where the receiver could make the catch and turn upfield. Frequent pre-snap motion and shifting were staples of the system, often including shifts to or from empty backfield formations or bunch formations. Pass protection was critical to its success. At least two of the five receivers would run a deep in, skinny post, comeback, speed out, or shallow cross pattern, and running backs would often run quick rail routes out of the backfield. Screens, draws, and play action passes were often used to slow the opponent's pass rush. Mike Martz credits the offensive system as being originally catalyzed by Sid Gillman and then refined at San Diego State by Don Coryell, who later transmitted his system to the NFL. Martz learned the Coryell 3-digit system from offensive coordinator Ernie Zampese when both coached for the Rams under Chuck Knox from 1994-96. Using this offense, the Rams set a new NFL record for total offensive yards in 2000, with an astonishing 7,335 yards (since broken by the New Orleans Saints in 2011 with 7,474). Of those, 5,492 were passing yards, also a new NFL team record.

On July 23, 2016, many of the star players from this era of the St. Louis Rams reunited for the "Legends of the Dome" game, a charity flag football game organized by Isaac Bruce. It gave fans the chance to see the Rams in St. Louis one last time, as the franchise had announced its departure for Los Angeles a few months prior.

Torry Holt—awards, championships, and honors

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