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Gibsonville native Torry Holt inducted into College Football Hall of Fame, now among 25 semifinalists for NFL Hall of Fame

Gibsonville native Torry Holt is scheduled to learn today whether he will make the cut of 15 finalists for the NFL Hall of Fame.

Holt, a wide receiver who went on to play for the St. Louis Rams from 1999 until 2008, was selected as one of the latest crop of 25 semifinalists for the NFL Hall of Fame last summer, according to an announcement from the organization.

Holt graduated from Eastern Guilford High School in Gibsonville and went on to play as a wide receiver for the Wolfpack at N.C. State University from 1995 until 1998 before he was drafted by St. Louis 1999.  The following year, he helped the Rams win their first – and only – Super Bowl championship in the franchise’s history, according to the NFL.

During his pro football career, Holt recorded six consecutive seasons of at least 1,300 yards receiving and six consecutive seasons with 90 or more receptions, according to the NFL Hall of Fame.  He holds the NFL record for most receptions and yards in a single decade, with 868 catches and 12,594 yards from 2000 to 2009. Holt finished his career with 920 receptions with 13,382 yards and 74 touchdowns.  Holt ended his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009.

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Holt, 43, was most recently inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame last month, during the National Football Foundation’s annual awards ceremony.  He was previously inducted into the N.C. State’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.  This marks the sixth time that Holt has been selected as a semifinalist for the NFL Hall of Fame, according to the organization.

Holt’s brother, Terrance, 39, played safety for the Wolfpack. 

In 2007, they founded Holt Brothers Construction in Raleigh.  Their construction projects include: a $35 million renovation of Reynolds Coliseum at N.C. State; a $44 million renovation of the Durham County library; a $35 million renovation of the Durham County judicial building; and a $58 million transit center in Raleigh, Union Station, according to the firm.

The Holt brothers were also selected as The (Raleigh) News & Observer Tar Heels of the Month in November 2019 for their efforts to assist families dealing with cancer.  Through their Holt Brothers Foundation, Torry and Terrance Holt provide scholarships for college students and offer two camps for children ages 6 to 16 who have a parent that has been diagnosed with cancer.  The names of the 15 finalists are scheduled to be presented to a 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee during its annual meeting on February 1, which is the day before Super Bowl LIV is scheduled to be played.

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