Trindon Holliday may be the smallest guy on the field today–heck, he’s the smallest on any field on any give day–but he’s certainly not playing like it. All he’s done today is score 14 points for the Denver Broncos as they take on the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL Playoffs.
The first came on a beautiful 90 yard punt return after the Ravens were forced to punt on the first drive of the game, giving the Broncos the first score of the day. It was the longest punt return in NFL post-season history.
The second came on the first play of the second half when he took the kick-off 104 yards to the house to break the half-time tie of 21-21. Sadly, it came so quickly that most Denver fans were not yet back to their seats after taking a break during the half.
Holliday, the 5’5″ wide receiver and return specialist who played for the LSU Tigers (where he was also a track star), was drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 Draft. Earlier this season, he was waived by the Houston Texans on October 12–a move they could possibly live to regret.
So far this season, Holliday has had just two pass receptions for 17 yards, but he has certainly made a name for himself on special teams. He now has 1,033 return yards on the season–none more important than the ones he’s racked up today.
I am sure Holliday has spent his career dealing with those who doubt his ability due to his small stature, but today he proved that size indeed doesn’t always matter.
The 1972 Dolphins probably won’t care, but Holliday is personally shooting for their perfect season: he’s 16-0 this year, as Riley Schmitt wrote about a couple weeks back.