Holland (left) presented with the key to his hometown, Jefferson, Texas.
|No. 61, 70, 64|
|Date of birth:May 21, 1980|
|Place of birth: Jefferson, Texas|
|College: Florida State|
|NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 4 / Pick: 102|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* New Orleans Saints ( 2003– 2006)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Honorable-mention All-ACC (2000)|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Montrae Rondrell Holland (born May 21, 1980) is a former American football guard in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Florida State University.
Early years[edit | edit source]
He accepted a scholarship from Florida State University, where he was a 3-year starter and registered a streak of 29 consecutive starts. He received All-conference honors in every year he started for the school.
Professional career[edit | edit source]
New Orleans Saints[edit | edit source]
Holland was selected in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. He appeared in all 16 games (7 starts) as a rookie. After playing the first 9 games on special teams, he filled in at left guard for 4 games for an injured Kendyl Jacox, before switching to right guard to replace an injured LeCharles Bentley for the last two contests.
In 2004, he was named the full-time starter at right guard, missing three games with a torn ligament in his right knee, that he suffered in the eleventh game against the Atlanta Falcons. He contributed to Deuce McAllister third consecutive 1,000-yard season.
In 2005, he began the season as reserve for the first three games, before starting 7 games at right guard in place of free agent-bust Jermane Mayberry and 3 games at left guard. The next year, he was a backup at guard and was declared inactive in 2 playoff games.
Denver Broncos[edit | edit source]
Holland signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos on March 3, 2007. After starting 16 games at right guard, the next season he reported to training camp out of shape and lost his starter position to Chris Kuper. On August 28, 2008, Holland was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a fifth-round pick (#158-Matt Tennant) in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Dallas Cowboys[edit | edit source]
In 2009, the Cowboys tried to convert him into a backup center, but because this was a new position to him, he was not effective. He was declared inactive for all 16 regular season games and in 2 playoff contests.
In 2010, he was mostly a reserve player, starting two games at left guard in place of an injured Kosier.
In 2011, he was released before the season started because he was out of shape. He was later re-signed after both Derrick Dockery and Bill Nagy went down with injuries. He started 10 games at left guard and was a key player on the offensive line, before suffering a partially torn left biceps. In 2012, the Cowboys couldn't agree with Holland on a new contract and he decided instead not to play professional football.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Holland was born with a defect in his right leg which he had corrected in seventh grade. They had to break his leg and fuse his growth plates together on both legs which stunted his growth which made it so he could not grow anymore.
On June 24, 2008, he was presented by Mayor Bob Avery with the key to his hometown Jefferson, Texas, for his generous contributions over the years to the community, including his support of the Marion County Youth Football league.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Denver's Holland stunned by trade to Dallas". http://espn.go.com/blog/afcwest/post/_/id/390/denver-s-holland-stunned-by-trade-to-dallas. Retrieved 2015-09-28.
- "Cowboys acquire Holland from Denver to help patch hole in offensive line". http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3558727. Retrieved 2008-08-28.
- "Roster Rundown". http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/2011/03/29/roster-rundown. Retrieved 2015-09-28.
- "The Broncos interviews: Montrae Holland". Denver Post. 2 December 2007. http://www.denverpost.com/ci_7611790?source=rss.
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