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    10.15.2009 10:39 am
    Torry Holt surprised at Rams 0-5 start
    By Jim Thomas
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch


    As might be expected, Jacksonville wide receiver Torry Holt still follows his old team. And yes, he’s as suprised as anyone that the Rams are winless five games into the 2009 season.

    “With some of the reports I was reading, and speaking to a couple of the (Rams) throughout the course of OTAs and training camp _ the energy, the vibe, the positive message that (Steve) Spagnuolo has brought to the team, I know they thought they wouldn’t be 0-5,” Holt said Wednesday on a conference call with St. Louis reporters.

    “Just listening to those guys and reading some of the reports, I didn’t expect them to be 0-5. But they’ve got an opportunity to get out of it, come down here playing against us. I’m pretty sure they’re looking to come here to get a win. Hopefully, we can hold them off and keep them winless.”

    Holt signed with Jacksonville as a free agent last April, five weeks after his release in St. Louis. The Rams (0-5) play at Jacksonville (2-3) Sunday in a noon kickoff (St. Louis time).

    As was for the Rams’ current receiver corps, Holt said: “Some of the guys you all have there now, I don’t even know where they came from. . . .I don’t even recognize half of those guys.”

  • #2
    Re: Torry Holt Surprised At Rams 0-5 Start

    ...and it starts. He's certainly not very PC about this at all.

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    • #3
      Re: Torry Holt Surprised At Rams 0-5 Start

      Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
      10.15.2009 10:39 am
      Torry Holt surprised at Rams 0-5 start
      By Jim Thomas
      St. Louis Post-Dispatch




      “Just listening to those guys and reading some of the reports, I didn’t expect them to be 0-5. But they’ve got an opportunity to get out of it, come down here playing against us. I’m pretty sure they’re looking to come here to get a win. Hopefully, we can hold them off and keep them winless.”
      How silly...

      No Torry, the RAMS are not travelling down to Jacksonville to get a win. They're coming down to say hi to you!
      sigpic :ram::helmet:

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      • #4
        Re: Torry Holt Surprised At Rams 0-5 Start

        *sigh* Still pains me to see him there. My all time favorite ram in teal, its embarassing.

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        • #5
          Re: Torry Holt Surprised At Rams 0-5 Start

          Originally posted by 01d 0rd3r View Post
          *sigh* Still pains me to see him there. My all time favorite ram in teal, its embarassing.
          I figured a while ago that Holt would eventually move on, but it does certainly sting to have to play him. At least he didn't move within the division. I also always figured that he'd move on to a better team than Jacksonville as well. Oh well, they gave him the money.
          I believe!:ram:

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          • #6
            Re: Torry Holt Surprised At Rams 0-5 Start

            Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post

            As was for the Rams’ current receiver corps, Holt said: “Some of the guys you all have there now, I don’t even know where they came from. . . .I don’t even recognize half of those guys.”
            LOL too funny but sad at the same time

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            • #7
              Re: Torry Holt Surprised At Rams 0-5 Start

              Originally posted by 39thebeast View Post
              LOL too funny but sad at the same time
              I find myself saying the same thing. Avery, Burton, Amendola..........,Avery, Burton, Amendola......... Other than those guys, I'm at a loss without looking it up.

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              • #8
                Re: Torry Holt Surprised At Rams 0-5 Start

                Ah. Torry such a class act. I certainly miss seeing 81 out there.

                Hope it's a good injury free game. Hope Holt and the boys have a good time playing against each other.

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                • r8rh8rmike
                  A Big Deal, Even In Teal
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                  BY JIM THOMAS
                  ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                  10/15/2009

                  For a decade in St. Louis, he was known as "Big Game" — Torry Holt's self-imposed nickname. Now that he's in Jacksonville, surrounded by a group of youngsters at wide receiver, the 33-year-old Holt has a new nickname — one he had nothing to do with.

                  "They call me 'Uncle,'" Holt said, chuckling on a conference call with St. Louis reporters. "I'm one of the older guys on the football team ... so what do you expect?

                  "But it's funny to be in this situation because years ago I was on the opposite end. I was just coming in and Ricky Proehl, Ray Agnew and all those guys were older guys that I looked up to. And now the tables got turned."

                  Ten years have passed since Holt, as a rookie, caught a touchdown pass for the Rams in their Super Bowl XXXIV victory over Tennessee.

                  "It feels like it's been a long time," Holt said. "To see the (Rams) the other week in the throwback jerseys brought back so many memories, and a lot of great memories, because we did a lot of damage in those uniforms."

                  On Sunday at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Holt will have a chance to rekindle some of those memories when the Rams play Holt's Jaguars. It will be Holt's first game against the team that drafted him No. 6 overall in the 1999 draft out of North Carolina State.

                  "I do know that it will be some emotions there, I know that," Holt said. "I shouldn't even say 'some' — it'll be a lot of emotion there. But I don't know if it'll be a fired-up emotion, or another emotion. I don't know what it'll be. But I know I'll be feeling something because I spent a lot of time up there with you guys, a lot of memories, a lot of relationships built."

                  Despite all his success in St. Louis, the final couple of years were rough for Holt. Neither he nor Isaac Bruce ever felt fully appreciated by then coach Scott Linehan. The losing wore down Holt, and he grew frustrated with his reduced role last season. As rookie Donnie Avery became more of the go-to receiver last season, Holt said he felt he was being phased out.

                  So his March 13 release by the Rams was basically by mutual agreement. Holt wanted a fresh start; the Rams wanted to go with younger, fresher legs at wide receiver.

                  At his core, Holt has always been an upbeat, positive person. On Wednesday, he reiterated what he said shortly after his release — that he had no hard feelings toward the Rams.

                  "No, not at all," Holt said. "I'm very fortunate that the St. Louis Rams drafted me and gave me an opportunity."

                  He went on to thank a host of former Rams, from coach Dick Vermeil to general manager Charley Armey, to assistant coach Al Saunders and late owner Georgia Frontiere....
                  -10-15-2009, 10:56 AM
                • RamWraith
                  Holt adjusts to role as adviser, cheerleader
                  RamWraith
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                  by RamWraith
                  By Jim Thomas
                  ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                  Tuesday, Nov. 01 2005

                  Wide receiver Torry Holt was as fired up as the next guy Saturday when interim
                  head coach Joe Vitt showed the Rams clips from the movie "Gladiator."

                  "But at the same time, I couldn't get too charged up, because I knew I wasn't
                  going out there to play," Holt said. "So I had to kind of save some of that
                  energy and put it elsewhere.

                  "Maybe in play-calling. Maybe suggesting some things. I don't know. It's tough
                  to be sitting there, getting excited, but knowing that you're not going to go
                  out there and participate."

                  Sitting out was entirely foreign to Holt in his NFL career - until now. Since
                  being selected No. 6 overall in the 1999 draft out of North Carolina State,
                  Holt had played in 112 consecutive NFL games for the Rams - a streak that
                  encompassed 102 regular-season games and 10 postseason contests.

                  Holt suffered what originally was termed a bruised right knee midway through
                  the second quarter of the Rams' game Oct. 9 against Seattle. But Holt kept
                  playing, even catching a touchdown pass against the Seahawks. Holt missed some
                  practice time the following week but was back on the field Oct. 17 in
                  Indianapolis, catching six balls for 70 yards.

                  But that's the last time Holt has seen the field.

                  "When I came back from the Indianapolis game, I was running and (the knee)
                  would give," Holt said. "And then it would give again. I just didn't feel
                  comfortable with it. I wouldn't have been of any service to this football team
                  or to myself. I didn't think I could help. So I felt it was best for me to take
                  a step back and let Shaun (McDonald) come in, who's healthy and who's ready to
                  roll."

                  Further examination showed that Holt had a strained ligament. Missing games for
                  the first time in his career - Oct. 23 against New Orleans, and last Sunday
                  against Jacksonville - hasn't been easy.

                  "It was sickening for me," Holt said. "I really wanted to continue to play and
                  keep that streak going. I take pride in that. To me, it's a matter of showing
                  your peers in the National Football League that you're durable. And for me to
                  be pulled out for a couple weeks, or pull myself out for a couple weeks to get
                  healthy, was tough. But it's been a good two weeks. The guys have stepped up in
                  my absence, and done a fantastic job. This whole football team has."

                  Holt has tried to help whenever possible on game day, whether it's telling the
                  younger receivers what he sees, offering occasional suggestions to offensive
                  coordinator Steve Fairchild, or simply offering encouragement. The same...
                  -11-02-2005, 06:00 AM
                • RamsFan16
                  Torry Holt - Big Game, Big Impact
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                  Torry Holt - Big Game, Big Impact

                  Alisa Jacobs
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                  06/06/2006

                  Torry Holt - Big Game, Big Impact

                  Torry Holt is not your typical reserved middle child. Torry Holt isn't your typical diva wide receiver either. Frankly, Torry Holt is anything but typical. The outspoken, outgoing overachiever has carved a serious name for himself (and some less serious nicknames) on the field and in the community. He's confident, not conceited, and he's got plenty of reasons. Like 98 receptions for 1,291 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 2005. And an average of ten touchdowns every season since he joined the St. Louis Rams as the number six draft pick in 1999. That same year, Holt began a foundation that has made big plays for cancer families in memory of his late mother.

                  The son of Odell Shoffner and Ojetta Holt-Shoffner, Torry Holt grew up in Gibsonville, North Carolina with older sister Tosha and younger brother Terrance. Born with his nose to the grindstone and his eyes on the prize, Holt pulled tobacco as a child to earn money with which he bought his first pair of cleats. At the age of 7, Holt took these values and discipline to the football field. There, he unleashed his winning attitude and personality.

                  From a young age, Holt was a ham - no pork pun intended, of course. "Hot Dog was the nickname I developed when I was young lil' shorty. When I would score my touchdowns in football and score my points in basketball, I had a habit of expressing myself by showing off or showing up the other team - good-natured gloating." Holt says an uncle came up with the name, and it stuck.

                  Holt stands by his shenanigans. He says he enjoys watching the other players celebrate - that is, when they're not scoring against him. Holt acknowledges players have to stay in the game, stay focused, and do what they have to do, but also have fun, express themselves. But even Holt draws the line at props. He says, "Some guys have brought the old school victory dance to a whole new level. I am all for celebrating with your team, but the excessiveness like planting props in the end zone is a little extreme."

                  These days, Hot Dog Holt goes by another hotshot pseudonym: Big Game. He's been "Big Game" since his senior year in college. A couple of his buddies claimed he had a knack for nabbing big plays in the big games. The new nickname was catchy and accurate, and followed the receiver into the league.

                  Holt has evolved behaviorally on the field. As a young buck, he admits he relied heavily on his speed and athletic talent. Now, he is older, wiser, and better. His experience and acquired maturity have slowed him down and smartened him up. He still has fun on the field, but he considers himself more patient, more pragmatic, and less erratic. As the seasoned Holt has described it,...
                  -06-06-2006, 04:44 PM
                • RamWraith
                  St. Louis Rams Torry Holt frustrated
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                  by RamWraith
                  By Jim Thomas
                  ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                  Saturday, Nov. 01 2008
                  In 10 highly productive seasons with the Rams, wide receiver Torry Holt never
                  has complained publicly about not getting the football.

                  But on Friday, he said he felt like he was getting phased out of the offense.

                  "At times I do," Holt said. "At times, I feel like there's a situation where
                  I'm being phased. Who knows? We've still got (nine) more games left, and we'll
                  see how those (nine) games go. And then, once the season's over with, come back
                  and ask me and see how I feel."

                  When Jim Haslett took over for Scott Linehan as Rams coach on Sept. 29, he
                  stressed that he wanted to get the ball in the hands of the team's top
                  playmakers, mentioning running back Steven Jackson, rookie wide receiver Donnie
                  Avery and Holt. But three games into Haslett's tenure, it doesn't look like
                  things have changed.

                  Over the past three games, Holt has caught 11 passes for 102 yards, with no
                  touchdowns. In the first four games, under Linehan, Holt caught 15 passes for
                  187 yards and one touchdown.

                  When asked if he was surprised about not getting the ball as much, Holt said,
                  "Yeah, absolutely surprised. But I guess they feel that Donnie's obviously been
                  stepping up and making some of these plays. And they want to continue to get
                  him the football. So I've just got to go out there and continue to try to keep
                  some bounce, and try to play and do what I can to help our football team win."

                  For his part, Haslett took Holt's comments in stride.

                  "I would be disappointed in Torry if he felt that he couldn't contribute to
                  this team," Haslett said. "We'll continue to try to find ways to get Torry the
                  ball."

                  Through seven games this season, Holt has 26 catches for 289 yards. At that
                  pace, the seven-time Pro Bowler would finish the season with 59 catches for 661
                  yards, far below his career averages. The NFL's most productive receiver this
                  decade, both in terms of catches and yards, Holt has averaged 94 catches for
                  1,384 yards over the past eight seasons.

                  "You go from getting a million opportunities and touches that I've had in the
                  past to not nearly as many, yeah, it's definitely a sense of frustration," Holt
                  said.

                  Even so, Holt still has had more passes thrown to him (48) than any player on
                  the team this season. Avery has had 30 passes thrown his way.

                  Holt, who was wearing jersey No. 9 (his high school number) in practice Friday,
                  said he has not brought up his concerns to the coaching staff. "No, I don't
                  feel like I have to," Holt said. "I don't feel like I need to speak to anybody
                  about that....
                  -11-01-2008, 09:46 AM
                • RamFan_Til_I_Die
                  Torry Holt out to cap sterling decade with Rams
                  RamFan_Til_I_Die
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                  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
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