Holt, who was inducted into the NC State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013, was the 1998 ACC Player of the Year and ACC Offensive Player of the year and was a consensus first-team All-American following his senior campaign. He finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting -- the only wide receiver to finish in the top 10 -- and was a finalist for the '98 Bilitnikoff Award.
The Gibsonville, N.C., native set school records that still stand for single season receptions (88), single game receptions (15), career record for receiving yards (3,379), single season receiving yards (1,604, single-game receiving yards (255), career touchdown receptions (31), single season touchdown receptions (16), single-game touchdown receptions (5) and career all-purpose yardage (1,979). His No. 81 jersey has been retired.
A two-time first-team All-ACC performer, Holt set the league's single-season receiving yards mark and still ranks sixth in ACC history in career receiving yards.
A first-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams, Holt spent 12 years in the NFL and was a seven-time Pro Bowl performer. He retired with the 10th-most receiving yards in NFL history and set an NFL record with six consecutive 1,300+ yard campaigns. He was a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.
Since his retirement from football, he has founded and serves as chair of the Holt Brothers Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit that supports programs for children who have a parent with cancer. He and his brother Terrence, who was also a Wolfpack All-American, own and operate a successful construction and development company in Raleigh.
The announcement of the 2016 Class will be made Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz. The hotel is serving as the official media hotel for the College Football Playoff National Championship, which will be played Jan. 11 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-American by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football. The candidate's post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.