Showing Trindon Holliday Some Love
By Editorial Staff
Trindon Holliday (11) prepares to return a punt against the Baltimore Ravens in double overtime of the AFC divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field. The Ravens defeated the Broncos in double overtime 38-35. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Love needs no holiday, but Trindon Holliday needs some love.
On this holiday of love, we’re profiling Holliday because we love what he did on the field for the Denver Broncos.
Holliday was the only player in 2012 to go undefeated in the regular season. He played his first five games with the Houston Texans (5-0) and his last 11 games with the Broncos (11-0). After he was traded to the Broncos in week 6, he led the league in kick return average (32.5 yards per return), and in punt return average (10.8 yards per return).
Holliday had some of the most exciting scoring plays last season with a 105-yard kick return against the Cincinnati Bengals to open the second half, which was the longest play in franchise history. He earned the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for after that run. Tack on a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers a week later, and he became just one of five players with a kick return touchdown and a punt return touchdown during the 2012 regular season.
Holliday made his presence known more so in the playoffs. Against the Baltimore Ravens, he had the longest kick return touchdown (104 yards) and longest punt return touchdown (90 yards) in NFL postseason history. He became the first player to return both a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown in the same game.
It’s hard to believe that the Texans waived him in October, especially after he had two touchdowns on punt returns and one touchdown on a kick return in preseason play. Holliday was drafted by the Texans in the sixth round of the 2010 draft.
At 5’5,” Holliday is the shortest player to ever appear on the Broncos’ roster. However, what he lacks in size, he makes up for in speed and heart. He got our hearts pumping throughout the season, and we look forward to seeing what the future has in store for one of the best return men in the NFL.
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