Holt Named to ACC Championship Game Legends

Holt Named to ACC Championship Game Legends

Greensboro, N.C. - Former NC State wide receiver Torry Holt was named on Monday to the ACC's Class of 2012 Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship Game Legends.

Holt, one of the top receivers in ACC history, was named ACC Football Player of the Year in 1998 after setting league single-season records of 88 pass receptions and 1,604 receiving yards in just 11 games. Holt's record of 1,604 receiving yards still stands as the ACC's single-season record and his per-game average for that year (145.8) is still the 8th-best mark in NCAA FBS history.

A two-time first-team All-ACC selection for head coach Mike O'Cain, his average of 8.0 receptions per game is an ACC single-season mark and his total of 88 catches that year is still the 2nd-best in league history. In 1997, he set an ACC single-game record for most touchdown catches, making 5 against third-ranked Florida State. A consensus All-America in 1998, he ranks 2nd on the ACC's career receiving yardage list with 3,379 yards.

A first-round selection and the 6th overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams, Holt played 11 seasons in the NFL, 10 of those with the Rams. He was named to the Pro Bowl seven times and twice (2003, 2006) was named All-Pro, making 920 catches for 13,382 yards and 74 TDs. He holds NFL records for most consecutive seasons with 1,300 or more yards (6), most consecutive seasons with 90 or more catches (6). While with the Rams, he was a member of two Super Bowl teams, including helping the Rams to the championship of Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000 in which he set NFL Super Bowl rookie records for most catches (7) and receiving yards (109). A native of Gibsonville, N.C., he currently resides in Raleigh, N.C.

The Legends will be honored at this year's Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game weekend. They will be honored at the ACC Night of Legends sponsored by the Belk Bowl on Friday, Nov. 30, and on Dec. 1, during ceremonies at Bank of America Stadium for the 8th Annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship, which will be nationally televised with either a 7:45 pm (ESPN) or 8 p.m. (ABC) kickoff.

The group of 12 former gridiron standouts from current ACC schools includes three former ACC Football Players of the Year, six consensus first-team All-Americas, seven first-team All-Americas, and 10 players who combined for 84 years in the National Football League. Eleven of the Legends were drafted into the NFL, including eight first- or second-round draft choices.

A total of six of the 12 honorees were members of the ACC's 50th Anniversary team which selected the league's Top 50 players of its first 50 years in 2003.

In all, the collection of players combined for three national championships, six ACC Championships, 10 NFL Super Bowl appearances and nine NFL Super Bowl titles.

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