ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Decked out in a navy blue sport coat with a gold handkerchief, one of the greatest and classiest St. Louis Rams ever entered the media room surfacing a smile as big as some of the plays he made during his 10-year career in St. Louis.
On Wednesday, Torry Holt officially ended his illustrious NFL career.
“I feel blessed that I formally get to finish my career with the organization that drafted me in 1999. This is where it all started for me and it’s fitting this is also where it ends,” Holt said.
What made “Big Game” such a great competitor and player was his love for the game.
“I hope my mom is smiling because I’ve always just wanted to play football. That’s all I want to do. And from the time I came in here to the time I left, I just wanted to be the best every day. Like, who’s going to match me? Who’s going to match me to be the best every single day,” said Holt.
Holt signed a one-day contract with the Rams and was tempted to run one more route.
“I was thinking, I was speaking to Carla, my wife, and said, ‘You know what it would probably be cool if I called Jimmy Lake and I had him set up my locker and get my cleats, and get my gloves, get my baggy shorts and let me run one more ‘deep seven’ and shoot it out of the Juggs machine and I could catch it for a touchdown.’ I thought about it, but I said, ‘You know what, that’d be too much. Let’s act like an adult here I guess,’” Holt said.
Holt spent 10 seasons with the Rams and is ranked 10th in NFL history in receiving yards (13,382) and 13th in receptions (920). As a rookie, Holt set a rookie Super Bowl record with seven passes for 109 yards against Tennessee in Super Bowl XXXIV.
His resume most likely will get him into the Hall of Fame, but right now Holt isn’t too concerned about that.
“If it happens it’ll be great. But that validation for me, like I said, it’d be cool, but this is great validation for me. I’ve got this, I’ve got a ring, I’ve got great teammates, great coaches, great family, great friends. That’s validation for me and the Hall would just be like gravy. It’d be that extra cupcake that was sitting over there. That’s what the Hall would be. It would be a tremendous honor, but there’s a lot of group of guys that are ahead of me that are well deserving,” said Holt.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.