More than three years after he was released by the St. Louis Rams after 10 standout seasons, Torry Holt signed a one-day contract with the team and retired from the NFL.
“I’m excited and elated to be standing here and retiring as a member of the St. Louis Rams,” the wide receiver said during a press conference Wednesday.
It’s hardly surprising that Holt, 35, would choose to exit the league this way.
Durable and prolific, Holt missed just two games for the Rams after they drafted him with the No. 6 overall pick in 1999 and surpassed 1,100 yards receiving in all but two of his 10 seasons with the team.
He was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl champion during his time in St. Louis and was a part of the famed “Greatest Show on Turf” offense.
Holt set an NFL record with six straight seasons of at least 1,300 receiving yards from 2000-05.
The Rams released him in March 2009 after a down season in which he failed to reach the 1,000-yard plateau for the first time since his rookie year, saying they would be “forever grateful” for the way he represented the team.
Holt caught on with the Jacksonville Jaguars and played 15 games during the 2009 season, catching 51 passes for 722 yards without a touchdown in his last NFL stint.
He retired with 920 career receptions for 13,382 yards and 74 touchdowns.