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Trindon Holliday

Trindon Holliday
Holliday in the 2013 NFL season.
No. --     Free Agent
Wide Receiver / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-04-27) April 27, 1986
Place of birth: Zachary, Louisiana
Height: 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) Weight: 166 lb (75 kg)
Career information
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 6 / Pick: 197
Debuted in 2011 for the Houston Texans
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Receptions 2
Receiving yards 17
Total Return yards 2,141
Total TDs 8
Stats at

Trindon Jerard Holliday (born April 27, 1986) is an American football wide receiver and return specialist who is currently a free agent in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at LSU.

At 5'5", Holliday is the shortest player currently playing in the NFL.[1] He has also played for the Denver Broncos, New York Giants, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

College track career

Holliday at LSU.

Holliday was a top-ranked American sprinter competing for the LSU Tigers track and field team and is regarded as one of the fastest players in football.[2] He demonstrated his sprinting ability in the 100-meter dash at the 2007 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, where he recorded 10.07 seconds in the final – ahead of Walter Dix and second only to Tyson Gay.[3] This qualified him for the 2007 World Championships in Athletics but he opted to not compete, preferring to begin the football season with the LSU Tigers.[4] He continued to race, however, and reached the semi-finals in the 100 m at the 2008 United States Olympic Trials the following year.[5]

In his first year at LSU in 2007, he broke Xavier Carter's school record and became the Southeastern Conference 100 m champion. At the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship later that year he set a personal record in the semifinals and finished runner-up in the final to Walter Dix. The following year he took third in the 100 m NCAA final and anchored the 4×100-meter relay team to victory in 38.42 seconds – the fastest collegiate time that year.[4][6]

Track and Field News has Holliday recorded at 6.19 over 55 meters indoors in 2005, leading the nation.[7]

Personal Records

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
55 meters 6.28 Gainesville, Florida February 25, 2006
60 meters 6.54[8] Fayetteville, Arkansas March 15, 2008
100 meters 10.00[8] Fayetteville, Arkansas June 10, 2009
200 meters 21.34[8] Ypsilanti, Michigan July 28, 2003

Professional career

2010 NFL Combine

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 5 in 166 lb 4.34 s 1.50 s 2.47 s 4.48 s 6.54 s 42 in 9 ft 8 in 10 reps
All values from NFL Combine.
Holliday in the 2012 season.

2010 NFL Draft

Leading up to the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, Trindon Holliday had hoped to set the record for the 40 yard dash,[9] a feat that would have him eclipse Chris Johnson's record mark of 4.24. Furthermore, in training for the event Holliday had self-reported running times as fast as 4.21,[9] which coupled with his extensive track background having already run the fastest 100m dash time of any football player in NCAA history,[10][11] had many anticipating him achieving said feat. At the combine, reports of Holliday's 40 yard dash time ranged from between 4.18 seconds and 4.34 seconds. Adam Schefter, an ESPN reporter on hand at the event, had reported on Twitter that NFL scouts had clocked Holliday in as low as 4.21 during the workout.[12] However, the NFL Network broadcast team record Holliday's two tries at unofficial times of 4.27 and 4.32,[13] respectively, and pending processing the NFL combine would report Holliday's official 40 yard dash time coming in at 4.34 seconds.[14]

Houston Texans

Holliday was drafted in the 6th round of the 2010 draft. Despite his speed, Holliday struggled on kickoff returns in the preseason. He was placed on IR because of a fracture in his thumb. September 3, 2011 he was cut then placed on the practice squad. On October 5, his practice squad contract was terminated. He was later added to the active roster, but was waived on October 25. In the 2012 preseason week 1 match up versus the Carolina Panthers, he returned a kickoff return for a touchdown. The next week versus the San Francisco 49ers, he returned a punt for a touchdown. In the final preseason game versus the Minnesota Vikings, Holliday recorded his third touchdown in four games; this touchdown was a 76-yard punt return. Following the 2012 preseason, Holliday made the Houston Texans 53-man roster and was the starting punt and kick returner. Holliday was waived from the Texans on October 10, 2012 in a move to bolster an injury-depleted defense. Part of the reason Holliday was released was due to his fumbling problems. Trindon fumbled the ball 6 times in 2012, losing only one of them.[15]

Denver Broncos

On October 11, 2012, Holliday was claimed off of waivers by the Denver Broncos.[16] On October 15, in his first game as a Bronco, Holliday fumbled and lost the ball on a punt return in the first quarter of the game. He returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals on November 4, 2012, breaking the Broncos record for the longest play. On November 11, 2012, he returned a Carolina Panthers punt for 76 yards. The play was ruled a touchdown despite his fumbling of the ball on the 1 yard line.[17] In 2012, Holliday's teams went undefeated during the regular season. He started the season with the Texans who were 5-0 when they cut him. He was then acquired by the Broncos who finished the regular season 13-3 with an 11 game win streak.[18]

On January 12, 2013, Holliday returned a punt in the first quarter of the game versus the Baltimore Ravens for a 90 yard touchdown, the longest punt return in postseason history.[19] During the third quarter of that game, he returned a kickoff for a 104 yard touchdown. He became the first player in NFL history with a punt return touchdown and a kick return touchdown in the same postseason game. He had 256 total punt and kick return yards but the Broncos lost, 38-35 in double overtime.[20]

In the 2013 season, Holliday returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown in week 2 against the New York Giants. He also returned a kick-off 105 yards for a touchdown in week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

New York Giants

On March 17, 2014, Holliday signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants.[21][22] He was released on October 6, 2014.[23]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Holliday signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 21, 2014. He was waived/injured on October 31, 2014.

Issues with size

Holliday returns a kickoff in the second half against South Carolina on September 22, 2007.

At 65 inches (165 cm), Holliday is the shortest player in the NFL,[1]and Holliday had a difficult time getting started in football. His mother held him out of football until 7th grade, because she was afraid he would be injured. After several years of performing at a high level, his high school coaches finally let him start as a running back during his junior year. In his senior year he accumulated over 2,000 yards and over 30 touchdowns, leading Northeast High to back-to-back State Semi-Final appearances.

Fearing that college recruiters would not believe Holliday's actual running times, his high school coaches added to his recorded times before sending them in. Despite his speed records, several schools, including Duke and Louisiana-Lafayette, rejected Holliday due to his small size.

Holliday was never scheduled to appear at LSU's camp. So David Masterson, Holliday's high school coach, took Holliday along also. After initial workouts, Holliday ran the 40 in 4.28 seconds wearing high top basketball shoes. The time was so outrageous that the LSU coaches began arguing if they had started their stopwatches on time. "They asked me if Trindon could run it again," Masterson said. "He didn't even get in a track stance. He ran the second 40 in 4.27. He's one of those little freaks of nature." Despite this, LSU coach Les Miles still considered canceling Holliday's scholarship offer until holdover offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher convinced Miles that Holliday could play at a college level.[24]


  1. ^ a b "Little Big Men - The NFL's shortest players". 
  2. ^ "Trindon Holliday Bio". LSU Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  3. ^ "2007 USA Outdoor 100 m final".  
  4. ^ a b Trindon Holliday. USATF (2008). Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  5. ^ 2008 Team USA Trials Men 100 Meter Dash Semi Finals. USATF. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  6. ^ 4x100 Metres Relay 2008. IAAF (2009-02-20). Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  7. ^ "Track & Field News: Lists: 2004: Indoor: Men's High School". Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  8. ^ a b c IAAF. Accessed 14 July 2013.
  9. ^ a b Jason Feller (2010-02-25). "LSU’s Holliday has big plans for the 40". 
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  11. ^
  12. ^!/AdamSchefter/status/9730725229
  13. ^ Frank Tadych (2010-02-27). "Holliday misses 4.23 in 40, but he’s still plenty fast". 
  14. ^ Jason Feller (2010-02-27). "Holliday officially clocked at 4.34, Campbell 4.85". 
  15. ^
  16. ^ Broncos Claim Trindon Holliday off Waivers - Mile High Report
  17. ^ Broncos return man Trindon Holliday loses ball at 1-yard line, still awarded TD - Eye On Football
  18. ^ Samano, Simon (31 Dec 2012). "Broncos' Trindon Holliday just might end up perfect". USA Today Sports. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  19. ^ "Divisional Can't -Miss Play: Trindon Holliday 89-yard punt return TD". 12 Jan 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  20. ^ "Watch Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos [1/12/13]". 2013-01-12. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  21. ^ Breech, John (March 17, 2014). "Report: Giants agree to one-year deal with KR Trindon Holliday". Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  22. ^ Eisen, Michael (March 18, 2014). "Giants add return specialist Trindon Holliday". Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  23. ^ Florio, Mike. "Giants release Trindon Holliday from injured reserve". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  24. ^ "Speedy Holliday provides LSU offense with another weapon". 2007-10-04. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 

External links

  • New York Giants bio
  • Denver Broncos bio
  • LSU Tigers bio
  • Trindon Holliday profile at IAAF
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