Los Angeles Rams: Torry Holt Faces Another Loaded Receiver Class

by Blaine Grisak
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For yet another season, it will be a long drug out process for former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Torry Holt when it comes to the Hall of Fame. While it can certainly be argued that Holt should have gotten in last year over Calvin Johnson, he just missed yet again. Like Isaac Bruce before him, it has been an excruciating wait for Holt to finally get his due.

The NFL announced the 122 nominees for the 2022 Hall of Fame class. Among the 122 was of course Holt. It wouldn’t be surprising for him to make it deep in the process once again and once again miss out. The NFL Hall of Fame voter had done a good job of clearing a path for the loaded group of wide receivers entering eligibility. However, Holt was one of the few that missed out.

Unfortunately, after getting passed over for Calvin Johnson last year, it doesn’t get any easier.

Among the new comers at wide receiver this year are:

Anquan Boldin

NFL Rookie of the Year … Super Bowl Champion … 7-1,000 yard seasons … 3x Pro Bowler … Most receptions by a rookie … Fastest to 500 receptions … Retired with 14th most receiving yards in NFL history … Retired with ninth most receptions in NFL history … Third-most receiving yards between 2003-2017 … Third-most receptions between 2003-2017.

Andre Johnson – Houston Texans

2x first-team All-Pro … 2x second-team All-Pro … 7-1,000 yard seasons … 7x Pro Bowler … 2x NFL receptions leader … 2x receiving yards leader … Most seasons with 100 receptions … Most seasons with 100 receptions and 1400 yards … Super Bowl Champion … Retired 11th all-time in receiving yards … Retired 11th all-time in receptions … Ranked third in receptions from 2003-2016 … Ranked second in receiving yards from 2003-2016.

Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers

2x first-team All-Pro … 1x second-team All-Pro … 8-1,000 yard seasons … NFL Comeback Player of the Year … 1x NFL receptions leader … NFL receiving yards leader (2005) … 1x receiving touchdowns leader … Retired seventh all-time in yards … Retired 12th all-time in receptions … Most receiving yards between 2001-2016 … seventh most receptions between 2001-2016.

This doesn’t include the players who are not first-time eligible either. That list still includes:

Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts

First-team All-Pro, 2x second-team All-Pro, 8-1,000 yard seasons, Receiving yards leader (2007), 1x Super Bowl champion, SB touchdown reception, second-most receiving yards in a wild card game, 6x Pro Bowler, Retired with 8th most all-time receiving yards, Retired with 4th most all-time playoff receiving yards, Retired with 2nd most all-time playoff receptions, Retired with 7th most all-time receptions, Retired with 7th most all-time playoff touchdowns, Retired with 15th most receiving touchdowns.

Torry Holt – Los Angeles Rams

1x first-team All-Pro, 1x second-team All-Pro, 8-1,000 yard seasons, 2000s All-Decade Team, 2x receiving yards leader, receptions leader (2003), 7x Pro Bowler, 1x Super Bowl champion, Most yards for a rookie in a Super Bowl, SB touchdown reception, Retired with 10th most all-time receiving yards, Retired with 11th most all-time receptions, Retired with 20th most all-time receiving touchdowns.

Will Torry Holt Get into Canton?

Long story short is that it remains difficult for wide receiving to make it into Canton. Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Torry Holt might have the most impressive resume, but given his team success, Reggie Wayne could very well get in over him. Steven Smith meanwhile has spent his post-career in the NFL media, the same people who are going to vote for him. Lastly, Andre Johnson put up impressive numbers on bad Houston Texans teams.

For the most part, all of these players all played in the same era. It’s going to be pretty easy to line up numbers and know which one of them earned a place in the Hall of Fame before the others.

Comparing resumes, of these players, Holt might have the most impressive and given that he’s had to wait, there’s a decent chance that he will finally get the nod.

You can’t tell the story of the NFL without the Los Angeles Rams offense nicknamed the Greatest Show on Turf. Every key player of that offense is currently in the Hall of Fame outside of Torry Holt. Additionally, Dick Vermeil was selected as a coach finalist by the Senior Committee for the Class of 2022.

Other Los Angeles Rams Make It As Nominees

Other Los Angeles Rams of course also made the list of 122. Joining Holt is running back Steven Jackson. Jackson is the franchise’s all-time career rushing leader and is one of only a handful of running backs to post eight straight 1,000 yard seasons. Henry Ellard who finished his career third in NFL history in receiving yards also is listed a nominee.

Jake Long, La’Roi Glover, London Fletcher, Dre Bly, and Wes Welker are other Rams who made the list of 122 nominees.

 

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