Rams release WR Holt

ST. LOUIS (TICKER) —The Torry Holt era is over in St. Louis.

The Rams on Friday released Holt, who had spent 10 seasons with the team and helped the franchise win a Super Bowl in his rookie season.

Holt, 32, was named to the Pro Bowl seven times in a brilliant career that produced eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

“Torry Holt has had an outstanding career here in St. Louis,” Rams General Manager Billy Devaney said. “We thank Torry for the many things he has done for the Rams organization on and off the field.”

Holt ranks 11th all-time with 869 career receptions and his 12,660 receiving yards is 14th all-time. Since 2000, he has 817 receptions for 11,872 yards, best NFL highs in that span.

The sixth overall pick in 1999, Holt has recorded 74 touchdown catches, included a career-high 12 in 2003. He owns the NFL record for career receiving yards per game at 80.1

In Super Bowl XXXIV, Holt established the Super Bowl rookie record with seven receptions and 109 receiving yards in the Rams’ 23-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

Missing just two games in his 10-year career, Holt’s 796 yards last season were his fewest since registering 788 in his rookie campaign.

“The Rams will forever be grateful for the way Torry Holt represented the Rams on the field and in the community,” Rams owner Chip Rosenbloom said. “He is an All-Pro in every sense of the word. Over the past 10 seasons Torry has proven himself to be one of the finest wide receivers in league history.

“This is a difficult decision because Torry has meant so much to the organization. In my mind and for all Rams fans, Torry will always be a Ram and we wish him and his family nothing but the best as they move forward.”

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Updated Friday, Mar 13, 2009