The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced former Rams wide receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce are semifinalists for its 2018 class on Tuesday, November 21. The Hall of Fame Selection Committee will choose the finalists in January. They will then be presented to the committee at its annual meeting prior to the Super Bowl.
Holt and Bruce both face significant competition for selection. Among the other 25 semifinalists are wide receivers Terrell Owens, Randy Moss and Hines Ward. This marks the fourth time both Holt and Bruce have been named as semifinalists.
The Los Angeles Rams selected Bruce in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft. Bruce emerged as one of the league’s best receivers in 1995. He caught 119 passes for 1,781 yards and 13 touchdowns in the Rams’ first year in St. Louis. He compiled 1,024 receptions throughout his career, putting him 13th all-time in the NFL. Bruce also finished fourth all-time with 15,208 receiving yards and 12th in career receiving touchdowns (91). He earned fourth Pro Bowl berths in an era dominated by prolific wide receivers.
St. Louis took Holt with the sixth overall pick of the 1999 NFL Draft. He quickly became an important cog in the “Greatest Show on Turf” alongside Bruce, Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk. Holt scored the Rams’ first touchdown in Super Bowl XXXIV and later became one of the best receivers in the NFL.
Beginning in 2000, Holt earned Pro Bowl berths in seven out of eight seasons. He retired with 920 receptions for 13,382 yards and 74 touchdown, ranking him in the top 20 all-time in each category. Injuries cut Holt’s career short, which left many experts wondering where he would have finished if given just one or two more healthy years in the NFL.