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Making the Case for Torry Holt’s Hall of Fame Induction

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Three former NC State players were among the 102 Modern-Era Nominees for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class released yesterday.

In this piece, I will make the case that former NC State All-American Wide Receiver Torry Holt deserves to finally be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

This is Holt’s 5th consecutive year as a nominee, being nominated in his first year of eligibility in 2015 (has to be 5 years after retirement). The past 4 years, Holt has made it to the Semi-Finals, which is basically the final 25.

Holt played 11 seasons, and was a Pro Bowler in 7 of them (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007). He also earned 1st Team All-Pro honors in 2003, and 2nd Team All-Pro honors in 2006.

He led the NFL in receiving yards twice (2000 & 2003) and receptions once (2003)

In 11 seasons, Holt ranked in the Top-10 in receiving yards 8 times (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007), receptions 5 times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006), and touchdown receptions 4 times (2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006).

He was also a part of “The Greatest Show on Turf” with Kurt Warner throwing the ball to him and Isaac Bruce. They went to 2 Super Bowls, and took home the trophy in 2001.

The only reason Holt hasn’t made it into the Hall of Fame already is because his body didn’t hold on for a couple more seasons. What he did in a shortened career is remarkable, and shouldn’t be denied simply because his career numbers aren’t as high as others.

He was the youngest player to accumulate 10,000 receiving yards, as well as 11,000. Holt’s the only player in NFL history to have over 1,300 receiving yards in 6 straight seasons.

He averaged 77.4 receiving yards per game for his career, which ranks 7th all-time in NFL history.

You could make an argument that for a decade, there was no better receiver in the NFL than Torry Holt. If you are in the conversation for being the best at your position throughout the length of your career, you should be in the Hall of Fame.

 

 

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Torin Dorn Participates in Agent Pro Day in Phoenix

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Former NC State Forward Torin Dorn worked out at an Agent Pro Day in Phoenix today in front of NBA Scouts and executives, along with two other former Wolfpacker’s: Cody and Caleb Martin (Transferred to Nevada).

Dorn impressed at the Portsmouth Invitational a month ago.

I would be shocked to see Dorn drafted, but workouts like these could help him get an invite to the NBA Summer League or get a G-League contract.

Dorn has always defied the odds, as he so perfectly laid out in the tweet below accompanied by a highlight reel.

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Josh Jones Wants Packers to Trade Him

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Former NC State Safety Josh Jones wants to be traded from the Packers according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

According to Demovsky, Jones is skipping voluntary OTA’s, and working out on his own in Florida.

I’m guessing Jones didn’t appreciate Green Bay drafting Safety Darnell Savage in the 1st Round a month ago, with the 21st overall pick.

Obviously Jones would like to be traded to a team where he can start, but there are plenty of other Safeties on the market.

Jones was drafted by the Packers with the 61st overall pick, in the 2nd Round of the 2017 NFL Draft, after leaving NC State after his Junior year.

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Arizona Cardinals give Adrian Wilson a Promotion

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Former NC State Safety Adrian Wilson has received a promotion in the Arizona Cardinals organization.

For the past 4 years, Wilson has served as a pro/college scout, but recently was promoted to Director of Pro Scouting.

After playing three seasons at NC State, Wilson was drafted in the third round by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2001 NFL draft

Wilson played 12 seasons for the Cardinals, and is in their Ring of Honor, and was on the Hall of Fame ballot last year for the first time, and I made the case last year that he deserves to join the club one day.

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Tony Adams Signs with the Dolphins

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Former All-ACC NC State Offensive Lineman Tony Adams has signed with the Miami Dolphins.

After going undrafted last year, Adams signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, Adams failed his physical, and was released. Near the end of this past season, the Patriots signed Adams to their practice squad for 5 games, including 3 playoff games.

Before it dissolved, Adams was playing for the Atlanta Legends in the AAF.

Adams earned the 5th highest grade of any Offensive Guard in the nation his Senior season at NC State, according to ProFootballFocus.

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