ST. LOUIS -- Torry Holt learned how to be a professional receiver from Isaac Bruce, a mentor he will reconnect with Sunday.
» Receptions: 228
» Yards: 3,742
» Touchdowns: 27
» Avg. yds/catch: 16.4
» Receptions: 215
» Yards: 3,786
» Touchdowns: 19
» Avg. yds/catch: 17.3
Holt said he keeps in touch with Bruce but not as much as he would like.
"We've hit each other with a couple of text messages saying hello and offering each other words of encouragement," Holt said.
Bruce's support, advice and example helped Holt make the transition from the college game to the pros.
"He was very positive, resilient, confident, focused," Holt said. "And he illustrated that everyday. As a young man, I was definitely able to take that from him early and apply it to my lifestyle and the way I go about things."
Bruce was fond of Holt as well.
"When you looked across (the locker room), you always got a wink," Holt said. "I miss that."
When the Rams were known as the "Greatest Show on Turf," Bruce and Holt were two of the main performers. Holt looks back on those days with great pride.
"We both loved the game and we always thought we were definitely the best duo in the National Football League when we were together," Holt said.
"We practiced the way we played. Two intense, two focused and two passionate guys about the game of football."
Martz, too, is with San Francisco as the offensive coordinator.
Holt recalled that moment.
"It was cool," Holt said. "It showed us that he was in tune with what's going on and it showed some personality there, too, with the broom and stuff."
What Holt remembers most about Martz was his will to win and his desire to win big regardless of what others thought.
"He just wanted to win, man," Holt said about Martz. "He did what he needed to do to try to make sure that we won. Even though it may have ticked some people off, he did it his way."
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