After excelling athletically at NC State and having successful NFL careers, the duo from Gibsonville have formed Holt Brothers Inc., a company that has interests in four areas: construction, real estate development, football-related instruction and philanthropy.
Some of the company’s current construction-related endeavors center around North Carolina State. With a partnership in the renovations that are underway for Reynolds Coliseum and the College of Veterinary Sciences on Blue Ridge Road, along with a code compliance undertaking at Lee Hall, Torry and Terrence are impacting more than enough people to fill Carter-Finley Stadium.
“We always knew we wanted to do something post-career,” Torry recalled. “We didn’t know what it was going to be, but we knew we was going to do something. We knew we had a great deal of people who had our best interests in heart here in Raleigh.
"It was a natural transition to jump up into business with NC State being right around the corner. They have always opened their doors for us. It was very comfortable to come home.”
“Everything we do--or mostly everything we do--has a tie back to NC State, a tie back to Raleigh or a tie back to the Triangle,” Terrence added. “When we were playing (in the NFL), most of our philanthropic efforts were back here. NC State has been huge in our success, and we’d like to think that we continue to stay connected to the University and want to see it successful.”
The duo have not completely eschewed working with kids who play the game they love. On June 27th, they will be hosting their fourth annual Holt Brothers Football Camp at the Dail Outdoor Practice Facility. Torry, who has accepted an assistant coaching position, aiding former NC State cornerback Dewayne Washington at Heritage High School in Wake Forest, enjoys the interaction and takes particular delight in seeing his efforts manifest itself into success for his pupils.
“That is pretty much what coaching is all about,” the former seven-time Pro Bowler said. “In our careers, we had coaches that pushed us and taught us. Once we saw the results of the coaching, for us it was like ‘Yes, I get it.’ Now being on the other side as a coach, I get that kind of excitement and enjoyment as well.” As enduring as the impact the two NC State greats have had on the field and in the community since their playing days ended, what is most profound is the charity work they have done since 2000.
It is a deeply personal subject for the Holt brothers. Torry was 10 and Terrance was only 6 years old when their mother was diagnosed with lymphoma. Their foundation supports KidsCan! and Camp Kesem, two charities that supports children with a parent that has cancer.
Their alma mater has also dealt with the harsh reality that cancer can cause and leads in fundraising to fight the dreaded disease. That is not lost on Terrence.
“It is very interesting that you have a school where cancer has dealt the blow that it has dealt but it has also prompted some great organizations,” the former safety who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2003 said. “The Jimmy V Foundation, The Kay Yow Fund and then our foundation--Holt Brothers Foundation--which supports kids and families affected by cancer. You have got us, who our mom battled cancer for the years that she did, it has made a major impact on us and why we support kids and families that are affected by it.”
With such a full slate of ventures under the umbrella of Holt Brothers Inc., the pair are as busy as they ever were in their playing days. According to Torry, the drive comes from a clear objective that has defined their business ever since beginning the charity efforts over 15 years ago.
“We don’t want our legacy to be only what we accomplished on the football field,” Torry said. “Our goal and ambition is to create a competitive, growing company that has the community’s best interests at heart.”