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    Rams wide receiver Torry Holt, coming off his best year as a pro, joined host Rich Eisen via Rams cam on NFL Total Access . Holt talked about Kurt Warner's departure, his team's outlook for next season and how he's enjoying his offseason. NFL Total Access airs Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. ET/PT (aired June 9, 2004).


    Rich Eisen: We go from No. 4 Green Bay softball to No. 81 St. Louis football. That would be 'big game' Torry Holt! And he joins us on Rams cam right now. How are you doing, Torry?

    Torry Holt: I'm doing well, man. It's always good to talk to you, Rich.

    Eisen: We always love hearing that from you, Torry. Let's talk about what's going on in St Louis. I'm told a quarterback who used to be there is no longer there. I might have read that in the sports pages that somebody who used to win a Super Bowl for you is no longer on the roster.

    Holt: What was that guys name? Are you talking about Warner?

    Eisen: It starts with a 'K'. Kurt!

    Holt: Kurt Warner, Kurt Warner. I'm sorry. Kurt Warner.

    Eisen: That's right.

    Holt: Yeah, he's headed up to New York, man. We're wishing Kurt the absolute best. I think it's a great situation for him, to give him the opportunity to resurrect his career. I think there's still some speculation about his health and all that good stuff, but I think Kurt will go to New York and I think he'll do well. Not only are they getting a good football player and a good man, they're getting somebody who does a lot of great things out in the community. It's a great opportunity for Eli [Manning] to learn from a guy like Kurt, who's played in two Super Bowls, Pro Bowls, was a league MVP and all that good stuff. So I think New York is getting an ambassador for the game of football for sure.

    Eisen: How strange is it to be walking around those halls and not have him there?

    Holt: It's tough. You know when it was really tough? When we had minicamp. Kurt normally gets up and he breaks us down. He normally gets up and he does this little huddle thing, do the cadence ... he normally handles that. And this time he wasn't there to step up and handle that. Marc [Bulger] actually handled it. So right then I knew it was going in another direction. Things felt a little strange, but once we got through minicamp ... and [Chris] Chandler obviously had a real good camp -- he fit in very well -- and Marc had a good camp. So I think that's behind us now. Again, we're wishing Kurt the best. Now we just have to go on with Marc Bulger, and we as a football team may have to help him get to the championship level.

    Eisen: Well, it's something that you saw coming a while ago, Torry. When you were on with us back during the playoffs, I believe, or right after the Super Bowl, we asked you, "Who do you think was going to be the quarterback there next year?" You said it's going to be Marc Bulger without a doubt. Is that something where the whole team was of that mindset, do you believe?

    Holt: Well, I can't speak for the whole team. I can say I guess everybody felt the same way I felt. Marc didn't do anything at the end of the season and nothing happened to him from the end of the season until minicamp for him to lose that position. So I guess it was written that he would be our starting quarterback going into next year and then they gave him the new contract. So obviously they feel real good about Marc Bulger coming in and being the starting quarterback and leading us into the future, and hopefully trying to get us back again at the championship level. We haven't been there in a while so everybody's working real hard. Everybody's excited here. We got a great group of young guys, and if we can bring those guys up real quick and get up to speed, I think we will have an opportunity of getting back.

    Eisen: Speaking of those young guys. We have an email for you, Torry Holt. Obviously people can email you at TorryHolt.com, but in this particular case they can just email NFL, at [email protected] for you. And the email from this particular viewer named Shawn says, "Congratulations on last year," which you led the NFL in both receptions and receiving yards. I added that information in just for you, Torry.

    Holt: Thank you Rich, I appreciate it.

    Eisen: You bet. Shawn wants to know how the rookies looked. And then he pretty much named the entire draft. But anyway, it's Steven Jackson, Tony Hargrove and Jeff Smoker. Can you handle that one for us, Torry?

    Holt: I didn't get an opportunity to see Steven Jackson. I heard a lot of great things about this kid, he's a big guy. I'm looking forward to seeing him as we get into fall camp. Hargrove looked very good. He's very athletic, very strong, very confident. And one thing I like about the kid is he's very hungry. He hadn't played in I think about a year or two, so he's excited about getting back out there and butting heads with some of those O-linemen and making some sacks. Smoker I think looked OK. I told him I didn't realize how big he was. He's a big kid -- very live arm, raw in some things -- and coach [Mike] Martz was talking to him a lot during minicamp, so he has some things that he has to straighten out. But I think all those guys overall -- except I didn't get a chance to see Steven -- those two guys did a great job in minicamp and they can help us.

    Eisen: You know it's funny to even mention this guy being under the radar in any way shape or form because of how great he is. Everybody's talking about Bulger and Warner and Steven Jackson joining, but Marshall Faulk. I mean, this guy, he's still there. Talk about him a little bit, Torry. Is that what he seems to be, completely under the radar at this particular point and he's still there.

    Holt: He's still here. I think it's good for Marshall. I think it's just going to continue to fuel that fire by him staying under the radar. And the main thing is once Marshall gets healthy, there's no stopping Marshall. I spoke with him last weekend and he says he feels real good. He feels healthy, so we're expecting some big things out of Marshall Faulk this year. And like I said, if we can keep him healthy and everybody stays healthy throughout the course of the year, you'll see the Rams of old. Offensively we'll have everybody back in tact. The O-line will have a year under its belt, I'm back and Isaac [Bruce] and with a healthy Marshall and then with the addition of Steven Jackson. So it should be, it could be a fun year for this offense, for this football team as well as the offense.

    Eisen: How about defensively?

    Holt: Defensively I think we'll do well. With Leonard [Little]'s situation I think some of the guys have really stepped up this offseason and working hard to try to go out there to try to contribute and try to help us out this year. I know with Damione Lewis, we're going to need him big time. Jimmy Kennedy and those guys and hopefully Hargrove can step in and give us some quality minutes in there. And then with [Adam] Archuleta coming back and [Tommy] Polley coming back, it's going to be a fun group. There's a new defensive coordinator, so it's going to be fun. Those guys had a great minicamp. They made some plays so it will be fun for this group.

    Eisen: How much are you thinking about football in the offseason, Torry?

    Holt: I'm not thinking about football ... maybe I might think about it once a day when I come in and do my little workout and then I'm out. I try to get away from the game as much as I possibly can so once the fall camp comes I can still enjoy it. I can continue to have that fire. If I'm around it all the time then it will get old and then I'll be ready to shut it down after next year. So I try to stay away from it as much as I can right now. I'm really into the NBA finals. I'm really into this basketball and watching that and enjoying my family.

    Eisen: You're watching what? Basketball is that what your saying?

    Holt: Yeah I'm watching. Did you see Kobe Bryant last night?

    Eisen: I actually was physically there, Torry.

    Holt: Oh, you were physically there? I'm jealous of you, Rich.

    Eisen: Let me tell you, it was pretty amazing. Let's just put it this way, it's the longest I've ever stood at a Lakers game. I mean there were people actually standing.

    Holt: Is that right? Wow.

    Eisen: It's always a pleasure having you on, Torry Holt. Enjoy the rest of your offseason. We look forward to having you back on Rams cam soon.

    Holt: I sure will. Any time, just let me know.

    Eisen: Torry Holt. The most prolific receiver in the NFL last year joining us on Rams cam.

  • #2
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    Nice, thanx for the interview.

    Maineram

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      Torry's a character. I think we'll be seing him on NFL Today some day.

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        Wow this is shocking to me. It seems we hardly ever hear any interviews with the Ram players where they talk openly. Thanks for posting this.
        UtterBlitz
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          It seems we hardly ever hear any interviews with the Ram players where they talk openly
          Agree... very irritating... they are getting way too smart for their own good these days.. they know that the best policy is to tow the party line, keep your head down, don't argue with coaches, be a spokeman for a some chartity, become a born again christian and you'll be rewarded with a nice juicy contract (either here or through FA)

          to me what this all means is NO FIRE IN THE BELLY.... which incidently is what the main problem is with the 'newest' rams i.e. where are our leaders... even Turley is subdued these days!!

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            I wouldn't go so far as to say the humble ones have no fire in their belly. Those are the types of leaders the Rams have always had in these past years - Ray Agnew, Isaac Bruce, Aeneas Williams, Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, etc. It's better than having a Keyshawn or Terrell, who use their pedestal for selfish reasons. When it comes down to it, it is just being smart, like you said in the first place. I enjoy the outspoken players who aren't afraid to be open, but some just don't know when to shutup.

            Do you think Turley might be "subdued" because he's happy?

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            • ryanshine
              What the heck is going on with Torry Holt?!
              by ryanshine
              Howdy folks. First timer here. I'm actually a Panthers fan but ever since Holt was drafted by the Ram's, they've been my second team. I went to NC State with Torry and have followed his career closer than any player in my 34 years so I know just about everything about the guy. Unfortunately though, I feel completely out of touch with what is going on this year with him. What I know is that he's coming off of knee surgery and he and Linehan hated each other, but that's about it. I haven't yet been able to sit down and watch a Rams' game this year so I have no insight to what the problem is with his production. All I see week after week in the box score is that he's simply not getting it done. Can you guys please give me the scoop? Is he simply too slow due to the recovering injury? Is he getting double teamed too much? Is Bulger just not getting him the ball? What is it?

              Thanks in advance.

              Ryan
              -11-03-2008, 06:36 PM
            • RamWraith
              Holt pretends he's a rookie again
              by RamWraith
              By Jim Thomas
              ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
              Saturday, Jul. 29 2006

              As he enters his eighth NFL season, Torry Holt says nothing has changed about
              his approach to training camp. He still dislikes it.

              "I've never been a big fan of training camp," Holt said. "And I'm still not a
              big fan of training camp."

              But the five-time Pro Bowler concedes this year is a little different.

              "It's like my rookie year again," Holt said Friday. "I'm just trying to replay
              how it was my rookie season. Coach (Scott Linehan) talks about this being a new
              era, being a new football team, a new philosophy, a new way of doing things.

              "So I'm trying to rewind myself back to seven years, trying to refresh myself
              and get ready to go out here and compete every day, and try to make this squad."

              Make the squad? "That's the approach I take every single year - to
              come out and try to earn myself a spot on this football team," Holt said. "I've
              just in some ways always said it's never guaranteed. I know I'm going to be
              around here ... but I try to give myself something to fight for.

              "I always try to motivate myself in some way. And that's one of the ways, to
              say, 'Hey, Torry. You've got to go out and make the team this year if you want
              to play football.'"

              Well, best of luck with that.

              "Thanks," Holt said, laughing.

              Let's go out on a limb and predict that Holt will land a spot on the Rams'
              final 53-man roster in September.

              Holt's approach at age 30 shows that Holt still has a hunger for the game. As
              part of the dwindling core of Super Bowl XXXIV and XXXVI veterans on the Rams'
              squad, it's also an indication that he's willing to work with the new head
              coach.

              "It's an ongoing learning experience," Holt said. "Every day we're learning
              something new about him, or he's learning something new about us. The one thing
              I like about Coach Linehan, which I think is a tremendous compliment to him, is
              he's open for advice. He's open to new things. He's always asking us questions."

              That approach has led to a relaxed, relatively stress-free approach to football
              at Rams Park, something that wasn't always the case under Mike Martz,
              especially in the final year or two of Martz's tenure.

              "We're all easy," Holt said. "Nobody's uptight. We're all taking it in stride,
              and I think we're improving."

              The fact that Linehan doesn't act like he has all the answers may help him win
              over the veterans on the team.

              "He's allowing us as players - the older players - to also be coaches, too,"...
              -07-29-2006, 06:34 AM
            • RamFan_Til_I_Die
              Torry Holt out to cap sterling decade with Rams
              by RamFan_Til_I_Die
              Torry Holt out to cap sterling decade with Rams
              Receiver is entering his 10th season in NFL

              BY STEVE KORTE
              News-Democrat


              MEQUON, Wis. --St. Louis Rams wide receiver Torry Holt hopes to put the finishing touches on a decade of excellence.

              Playing 10 years in the NFL was Holt's goal when he entered the league in 1999. He'll fulfill that objective this year.

              "This is my 10th season," Holt said Saturday after the first of the Rams' two training camp practice sessions. "It's a very, very, very important year for me. That has been the motivating factor for me. When I came into the National Football League, I wanted to give the National Football League 10 years of consistency. I have this year to hopefully complete that, and then go from there."

              Holt, 32, has put up eight straight seasons with more than 80 receptions and 1,100 receiving yards, yet he feels like he needs to prove that his skills haven't eroded with time.

              "My 10th season, you know how it is," Holt said. "You're getting in your 30s and stuff, and people start saying that you don't have it anymore, you start losing a step.

              "And, rightfully so. I want to come out and be able to say that in my 10th year in the National Football League, I came out and played well."

              Holt led the Rams with 93 receptions, 1,189 yards and seven touchdowns last season, but it was a difficult season for him as the Rams struggled to a 3-13 record and he struggled to manage a sore knee. The offseason wasn't much better for Holt, who had to say goodbye to his mentor and good friend, Isaac Bruce, who was released by the Rams and subsequently signed by the San Francisco *****.

              "It's different, but I have vented my frustration and moved on," Holt said of not seeing Bruce at training camp. "I'm happy for Isaac. I saw him over the offseason and I talked to him a little bit.

              "I wish Isaac was here, but I'm going to work with the guys we have and we're going to try to give it the best we've got."

              Holt also created an uproar with his comments about wishing he could join his brother, Terrence Holt, in playing for the Carolina Panthers. Holt, who has two years left on the seven-year, $42 million contract that he signed with the Rams in 2003, grew up in Gibsonville, N.C., and played at North Carolina State.

              "I'm done with that," Holt said when asked about those comments. "I am a Ram for 2008, and hopefully for 2009, and that's where we are going to be."

              Holt said he's focused on getting the Rams back on the winning track.

              "It's about the 2008 Rams and getting ourselves in position to win some games," Holt said. "I don't care if we win four games. That's one better than we did last year."
              ...
              -07-27-2008, 04:10 PM
            • RamWraith
              Big Game Headed for Another Big Season
              by RamWraith
              Thursday, December 8, 2005

              By Nick Wagoner
              Senior Writer




              Player after player, receiver after receiver crosses into the end zone, setting off a display of celebrations with each player seemingly trying to outdo the other with a celebration more over the top than the one before it.

              But Holt pays no mind to the creative jigs or not-so-creative spikes. He is focused on the task at hand, getting his weekly massage and taking care of his tools. By tools of course he means the legs that allow him to outrun almost any defensive back in the league and the hands that often times appear to have been manicured with Elmer’s Glue.

              With so many of today’s NFL players focusing their celebrations on themselves, many times copping desperate pleas for attention with something so crazy or ridiculous that nobody can take them seriously, here lies Holt with no cares in the world aside from getting the tools shined and sharpened for another week of practice.

              “I know Torry, I think really well after seven years,” coach Mike Martz said. “Torry talks about it with me sometimes. Torry is happy with who he is. He doesn’t need any notoriety. He loves to play. You’ve seen him in practice; he’s like a little kid running around here. He just loves to play. He doesn’t care about the attention, the notoriety, the commercials, or special spots on him or any of those things. Those are fine. That’s good. I think those are good for the National Football League. That’s not who Torry is, he could care less about that stuff.”

              Me as in Team

              Make no mistake, Holt loves a good celebration as much as the next guy, but the only use of the word me that Holt would ever use is when it’s in the form of the second and fourth letters of the word team.

              On occasion you might see Holt work in an end zone dance (he’s been known to do the cabbage patch), but generally any celebrating he does comes only with the company of his teammates. Take the Bob ‘n’ Weave from the Greatest Show on Turf days for example or what is simply known as the “Jump” that he and his teammates do now.

              Holt could easily use individual celebrations to pump his reputation like so many other receivers in the league have done, but that’s not who he is and that’s not what he is about.

              “I’m here to be sure that I uphold my end of the bargain to this team of doing what I am supposed to do to continue to help this ball club win games,” Holt said. “I definitely have my individual stats and performance that I want to reach, but at the same time I want to help this ball club win games too.”

              Therein lies the ultimate force that drives Holt. While other receivers go out looking to score touchdowns in bunches and gain yards by the bushel and complain when they don’t, Holt only truly cares about one statistic: wins.

              Nobody knows better...
              -12-08-2005, 04:35 PM
            • RamWraith
              Holt: mild-mannered reporter
              by RamWraith
              By Jim Thomas
              ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

              DETROIT — Torry Holt arrived early for Super Bowl Media Day festivities Tuesday at Ford Field. He sat down by a goal post, watched workers set up for the spectacle that would follow and then watched the Pittsburgh Steelers walk in for their interview session.

              Instant flashback.

              "I remembered how we walked in the first time," Holt said. "We had our camcorders. Az (Hakim) and Ricky (Proehl). Todd Lyght and Keith Lyle. Mike Jones. Isaac (Bruce). Orlando (Pace). Todd Collins. D'Marco (Farr). Adam Timmerman. The list goes on and on, of guys that shared the same experience that I did.

              "At the time, when I was a rookie, I couldn't really comprehend anything. Because everything was just moving so fast."

              So as the Steelers walked in Tuesday, and the memories flowed, Holt said, "I kind of got a little emotional. I was like, 'I've actually experienced this twice.' I was able to win one, and unfortunately, we came up short on one."

              It doesn't seem like that long ago, but it's been six years since the Rams defeated Tennessee in Super Bowl XXXIV. And four years since the team lost to New England in Super Bowl XXXVI.

              On Tuesday, Holt was on the other side of the podium at Media Day, doing television work for the NFL Network. With no fewer than four assistants helping him out, including cameraman and producer, Holt joined the media throng jockeying for position to ask their questions.

              "It's been an experience, to be honest with you," Holt said. "I have that much more respect for you guys (reporters), and the preparation that you have to do to get ready for an event like this. It's been a humbling experience."

              Actually, Holt pulled it off in style. He asked good questions, aided by plenty of notes. He covered a lot of ground, interviewing maybe a couple of dozen Steelers and Seahawks, not to mention some of his more established TV brethren, such as Chris Berman and former Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin.

              He mixed serious questions with playful queries. Like asking Seattle linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenksi who had the baldest head - him or Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

              Holt was patient. He picked his spots to ask questions and didn't just barge in and "big time" his way past the full-time reporters.

              "All the reporters and broadcasters that I come across, I'm able to learn something from everybody," Holt said. "And I try to apply it. I knew I couldn't butt my way in there and try to be a (jerk) and dominate.

              "For one, that's not my style. I knew what I wanted to ask. I knew what they wanted me to ask. Nothing cliche. I wanted to ask them some things off the cuff. What helped me is I've been here. I played two Super Bowls. And that gives you...
              -02-01-2006, 06:04 AM
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