Holliday, at 5'5" and 170 lbs., is the first player in N.F.L. history to pull off such a double in a playoff game.
But there was an equally intriguing part of Holliday’s performance.
He played 17 games this season, five for Houston and 12 for the Broncos. Until Saturday, his teams were 16-0. Holliday’s only losing game ended his season.
Combined with his 90-yard punt return in the first quarter against Baltimore on Saturday, the Denver Broncos’ return specialist now has the longest punt and kickoff returns in the postseason.
Holliday took the kick up the field, before cutting left. He slipped out of Chykie Brown’s tackle and was on his way. The previous record for a kickoff return was 102 yards by Atlanta’s Eric Weems in 2010.
On his punt return, Holliday was barely touched as he sprinted down the field to the end zone, where a host of Broncos ran to greet him.
Holliday first drew the attention of N.F.L. scouts as a football and track standout at Louisiana State. Besides returning two kicks and two punts for touchdowns as a collegian, Holliday won the 100-meter title at the 2009 N.C.A.A. outdoor championships in 10.0 seconds after finishing second in 2007 and third in 2008. He also took second to the American record-holder Tyson Gay at the 2007 United States outdoor championships.
In his senior year at Northeast High School, Holliday accumulated over 2,000 yards and over 30 touchdowns, leading the NHS Vikings to back-to-back State Semi-Final appearances.
Congratulations, Trindon, your hometown is proud of you!