March, 20 2023
The Wolfpack’s Torry Holt: 2019 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee
North Carolina State wide receiver, Torry Holt, joins the greatest to have ever coached or played the game when he is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame’s 2019 Class. Though he hasn’t played for the Wolfpack since 1998, Holt still holds the ACC record for receiving yards in a season, along with single-game marks for receiving yards and touchdowns.
How “Big Game” Earned his Nickname
Holt is the sixth NC State player to be voted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and the first since running back Ted Brown was inducted in 2013. From ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year honors in 1998, to holding the all-time receiving yards records for the Wolfpack including career (3,379), single-season (1,604 in 1998), and single-game (255 vs. Baylor, 1998), it’s easy to see why Holt quickly earned the name “Big Game”. He also held the record for single-game receptions for 17 seasons, with 88. Holt received first-team All-ACC selections twice as a wide receiver and was a consensus first-team All-American his senior season.
In 1999, NC State retired his No. 81 jersey and in 2013, he was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Selected as the sixth overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams, Holt followed his extraordinary collegiate career with 12 seasons in the NFL. From the 1999 through the 2001 seasons, the Rams produced a wealth of scoring, accrued yardage, three NFL MVPs, and two Super Bowl appearances, winning Super Bowl XXXIV. “Big Game” held true to his nickname during his time in the NFL, earning seven Pro Bowl selections and a spot on the 2000s NFL All-Decade team.
The College Football Hall of Fame will officially induct Torry Holt in New York on December 10, 2019 where he will become a member of this year’s legendary College Football Hall of Fame Class. On December 27, 2019, the Hall will host an enshrinement ceremony in Atlanta honoring Holt and the other members of the Class of 2019.