Longtime St. Louis Rams receiver Torry Holt will be among four members of the “Greatest Show on Turf” to be up for election to the NFL Hall of Fame next year, but the legendary pass-catcher received the Senior Bowl’s Hall of Fame honor this week.
Holt, who played in the 1999 Senior Bowl after his career at North Carolina State, was chosen in the first round of that year’s draft by the Rams.
Holt is joined by Denver Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware and former Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Bill Kollar, who had a five-year stint as the Rams’ defensive line coach from 2001-2005, as 2014 Senior Bowl Hall of Famers.
Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage noted Holt’s position as not only a premier talent at the collegiate level, leading to his Senior Bowl performance, but also his NFL career, which could also be deemed Hall of Fame-worthy in the near future.
“Torry was described as an ‘A-plus’ player and person at NC State, and went on to a fabulous career with the St. Louis Rams that included Pro Bowls and Super Bowls,” Savage said in a release announcing this year’s inductees.
Holt, who was chosen with the sixth overall pick in the 1999 draft, helped the Rams to appearances in Super Bowls XXXIV and XXXVI, including the franchise’s only title, following the 1999 season. Holt went on to lead the NFL in receiving yards in 2000 and 2003, each of which helped guide the Rams to postseason appearances. Holt played 10 of his 11 NFL seasons in St. Louis, and was named to seven Pro Bowls during that period. He grabbed 868 receptions for 12,594 yards from 2000-2009, which is the most receptions and yards by any receiver over a single decade in league history.
Kollar, who is currently the defensive line coach for the Houston Texans, gained notoriety both for his fiery persona as well as his work in revamping the performance of the Rams’ defensive front during his five years in St. Louis. Working under then-defensive coordinator Lovie Smith, the Rams’ defense went from being ranked 23rd in 2000, to third in Kollar’s first season in St. Louis. Kollar, who played for eight seasons in the NFL with Cincinnati and Tampa Bay, was named Most Valuable Player of the 1974 Senior Bowl, before graduating from Montana State University.