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Rodney Holman

Rodney Holman
No. 82
Position: Tight End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1960-04-20) April 20, 1960
Place of birth: Ypsilanti, Michigan
Career information
College: Tulane
NFL draft: 1982 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 365
Receiving Yards: 4,771
Touchdowns: 36
Stats at

Rodney Holman (born April 20, 1960) is an American former professional American football player who played tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals (1982–1992), and the Detroit Lions (1993–1995).


  • Biography 1
  • Honors 2
  • Family life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Holman was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan and graduated from Ypsilanti High School in 1978 where he starred on the football team and was an all-state wrestler.[1] Before his NFL career, Holman played college football at Tulane University.[2] Holman started all four of his seasons at Tulane, setting school records for receptions (135) and receiving yards (1,512) by a tight end. His 47 receptions in 1979 set a single season school record for catching by a tight end as well. In his four seasons on the team, The Green Wave posted a 26-20 record, and mad to consecutive Bowl games for the first time ever. Future NFL kicker Eddie Murray was also a member of the team around that time.[3]

He was selected by the Bengals in the third round of the 1982 NFL Draft.[4] A 3-time Pro Bowl selection from 1988 to 1990,[5] Holman's superb blocking and pass catching abilities were a great asset to his team, and assisted the Bengals to an NFL championship appearance in Super Bowl XXIII.[6]

By the time he retired in 1996, Holman had played in 213 games, the second most games played by a tight end in NFL history behind Pete Metzelaars (234). In his 14 seasons, Holman amassed 365 receptions for 4,771 yards and 36 touchdowns.[7] As of 2005, Holman's 318 receptions with the Bengals are the most ever by a tight end in franchise history and ranks him as their 6th all time leading receiver.

After his NFL career ended, Holman served as an assistant coach for the New Orleans Saints from 1998 to 1999.[8]


Holman was inducted into the Tulane Hall Of Fame in 1990,[9] and the Allstate Sugar Bowl all of Fame in 2013.[10]

Family life

Holman and his wife Sandra have two daughters, Rachel and Shayla.[11] He is now retired and living in Slidell, Louisiana.[12]


  1. ^ Stone, Mike and Regner, Art (2008). The Great Book of Detroit Sports Lists. Running Press. 
  2. ^ Higgins, Ruby D. and Ekeler, William J. (1994). The Black Student's Guide to College Success. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 157. 
  3. ^ http://www.allstatesugarbowl.org728.php
  4. ^ "Where are they now? Former Tulane and NFL tight end Rodney Holman". Sports Nola. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Top five NFL players who played for the Tulane Green Wave: A fan’s opinion". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Insider: Super Bowl XLVIII colder than VI?". Tulane University. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Rodney Holman". Allstate Sugar Bowl. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "New Orleans Saints All‐Time Coaching Roster" (PDF). New Orleans Saints. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Rodney Holman". Tulane Green Wave. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Rodney Holman". Allstate Sugar Bowl. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Where are they now? Former Tulane and NFL tight end Rodney Holman". Sports Nola. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "New Orleans Saints All‐Time Coaching Roster" (PDF). New Orleans Saints. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 

External links

  • All-time leading Bengals receivers
  • Holman's stats at
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