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    Checkout this nice article from USA Today reporter Lindsey Jones :thumb:

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    10:02PM EST November 15. 2012 - ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- There is track speed and football speed. And then there is Trindon Holliday speed, as the Denver Broncos have discovered in recent weeks.

    The newest Bronco has scored touchdowns in each of the last two games, one each on a kickoff return and a punt return.

    "He's an explosive player," cornerback Champ Bailey said. "Probably the fastest I've ever played with."

    Bailey once ran a 4.28 in the 40-yard dash and admitted , even in his prime, he likely couldn't have kept up with Holliday, a track and field star at Louisiana State who won an NCAA 100-meter dash title in 2009.

    It was after winning that title Holliday decided to focus on football — and trying to become one of athletes to successfully translate their speed on the track to speed on grass. It helped, Holliday said, that he had played both sports while growing up in Zachary, La., and competed in both in college.

    Yet, at only 5-5, he has largely been a fringe NFL player. The sixth-round pick of the Houston Texans in 2010 spent his rookie year on injured reserve because of a broken thumb. He bounced off and on the Texans' practice squad last year.

    He was a preseason sensation, however, this year, with three return touchdowns in exhibition games, but he underperformed during the first six weeks of the regular season.

    "I think it was tougher, guys were competing harder," Holliday said. "After the preseason I definitely wasn't a secret anymore."

    But when the Texans needed a roster spot in October to replace injured linebacker Brian Cushing, they figured they would slip Holliday through waivers and stash him back on the practice squad.

    The Broncos spoiled those plans. In claiming Holliday, the Broncos appear to have filled one of their biggest voids. Safety Jim Leonhard showed sure hands while filling in, but he didn't scare opposing coverage units.

    Holliday was the opposite.

    "Every time he touches the ball, it's a chance for him to break one. He's able to make something happen when there's nothing," said Broncos safety David Bruton, one of the team's top special teams players.

    Yet, the thrilling returns were only part of the reason he is might as well be called "Heart Attack Holliday." He fumbled his first punt return opportunity for the Broncos on Oct. 15 in San Diego, and dropped the ball just short of the goal line last week in Carolina at the end of his 76-yard punt return for a score.

    The play was not reviewed, but the NFL announced Monday it should have been ruled a touchback (the ball rolled out of the end zone and out of bounds) and not a touchdown. A week earlier, he had flipped the ball out of his hands in the Cincinnati end zone just after scoring on a 105-yard kickoff return.

    "The second time, I could have sworn I was across the goal line. I felt like I was across," Holliday said.

    That mistake led to what is being called the "Holliday Rule" at the Broncos' facility. On any future scores, Holliday is under orders to keep the ball in his hands until he delivers it to special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers on the sideline.

    It has become a running joke, but the Broncos have big plans for Holliday, and not just on special teams. He saw the first offensive snaps of his career in Carolina, with two catches for 17 yards on back-to-back snaps.

    "It feels good to know the coaches trust me," Holliday said. "I was worried people would only see me as a return man."

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  • #2
    I love that guy. There's something to be appreciated for that kind of speed. And then being able to apply it.

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    • #3
      Heart attack Holliday sounds about right haha

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      • #4
        That mistake led to what is being called the "Holliday Rule" at the Broncos' facility. On any future scores, Holliday is under orders to keep the ball in his hands until he delivers it to special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers on the sideline.


        this made me laugh.

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        • #5
          Thank jeebus they have a "Holliday Rule" now

          Funny stuff
          Don't give up... Don't ever give up

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          • #6
            Once his fumblitis is fixed, and I hope it already is, he is going to be a lethal weapon. I hope they do involve him more on offense. I can just see him catching one of those quick screens and taking it to the house.
            ”Those who would give up liberty for security, deserve neither.” Ben Franklin

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Remedy View Post
              Heart attack Holliday sounds about right haha
              I'll never refer to him as Trindon anymore... It's Heart Attack Holliday forever!!!! I love it!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jetrazor74 View Post
                I'll never refer to him as Trindon anymore... It's Heart Attack Holliday forever!!!! I love it!
                How 'bout Heartbreak Kid
                HE>i

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Remedy View Post
                  Heart attack Holliday sounds about right haha
                  In other words... Thanksgiving!
                  :usa: *** God Bless Our Military Men And Women*** :usa:

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                  Adopted Bronco 2015 CJ Anderson

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                  • #10
                    Hopefully he "redeems" himself vs San Diego. He had those mistakes in SD, plus people are calling him out, so hopefully he returns a couple to the house this Sunday.

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                    • #11
                      He did run the fastest 100m of any football player in NCAA history, and as a track star the guy has been known to be incredibly fast. There were rumors of his 40 time being clocked as fast as 4.22 but people were disappointed when his official time was 4.34. I wanted him to be drafted by the Broncos but im glad we finally got him.

                      Heart Attack fits because when they kick to him either we or the other team end up having a heart attack.
                      2016 Draft: http://forums.denverbroncos.com/show...aft-Watch-list

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                      • #12
                        But when the Texans needed a roster spot in October to replace injured linebacker Brian Cushing, they figured they would slip Holliday through waivers and stash him back on the practice squad.

                        The Broncos spoiled those plans. In claiming Holliday, the Broncos appear to have filled one of their biggest voids. Safety Jim Leonhard showed sure hands while filling in, but he didn't scare opposing coverage units.
                        Seriously...since Elway has been here his moves have been Midus like man

                        Von Miller
                        Fox
                        Magazu with Fox
                        Allen
                        JDR
                        McGahee
                        Porter
                        Harris
                        Carter
                        Tamme
                        Dressen
                        Stokes
                        Wolfe
                        Holliday
                        Koppen
                        I think there are some future gems still yet to make plays for us
                        oh ya maybe the best free agent signing all time in Peyton Manning

                        Elway and his team need to start getting some credit on a national level imo for the job he has done. This team was HORRIBLE when he took over.
                        Time to build on the win and grow the team from some solid play higher level of play

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by McNasty89 View Post
                          That mistake led to what is being called the "Holliday Rule" at the Broncos' facility. On any future scores, Holliday is under orders to keep the ball in his hands until he delivers it to special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers on the sideline.


                          this made me laugh.
                          Funny stuff, much needed though!
                          Come On You Blues! GO BRONCOS!

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                          • #14
                            Heart attack Holliday fits. He has me on the edge of my seat every time he touches the football. I'm just ecstatic that lately he has done more right than wrong. He is definitely the explosive player we needed to replace Royal in our return game. Go Broncos!!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by knoxman36and2 View Post
                              Heart attack Holliday fits. He has me on the edge of my seat every time he touches the football. I'm just ecstatic that lately he has done more right than wrong. He is definitely the explosive player we needed to replace Royal in our return game. Go Broncos!!
                              The last game we were working him into the offense as well.From what i seen,it could be very effective.The quick reverse plays, running plays,quick throws,whatever it was if given a big enough hole he could break one.I would like to see more of him in the offense.

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