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Issiac Holt

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Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1962-10-04) October 4, 1962 (age 53)
Place of birth: Birmingham, Alabama
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Career information
High school: Birmingham (AL) Carver
College: Alcorn State
NFL draft: 1985 / Round: 2 / Pick: 30
Career history
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Career highlights and awards
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Interceptions: 23
Interception Yards: 251
TDs: 2
Punts Blocked: 7
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Issiac Holt, III (born October 4, 1962) is a former professional American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys.

Early years

Holt accepted a scholarship to play for Alcorn State University where he was named a starter at cornerback as a freshman, registering 5 interceptions (tied for the team lead), 32 tackles and one fumble recovery. The next year he led the team with 7 interceptions, recorded 38 tackles and 10 passes defensed. During his junior season, he led the team with 6 interceptions and had 36 tackles.

In his last year he helped the team win the Southwestern Athletic Conference and the Black college football national championship with a 9-0 overall record, while leading the team with six interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), registering 25 tackles and 7 passes defensed.

As a senior, his game against Jerry Rice and the Mississippi Valley State University is remembered as one of his best, when he limited the future hall of famer to eight receptions for 134 yards and also returned an interception for a touchdown.[1] He finished his college eligibility with a school and a Division I-AA record of 24 career interceptions.

Professional career

Minnesota Vikings

Holt was selected in the second round (30th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He also was selected in the first round of the 1985 USFL Collegiate Draft by the San Antonio Gunslingers.[2]

In his second season he became the starter at left cornerback and registered a team leading 8 interceptions. In the 1987 NFC Divisional playoff game, he again faced Rice and helped contained him to three receptions. On October 12, 1989, he was sent to the Dallas Cowboys as part of the Herschel Walker trade. In his time with the Vikings he registered 14 interceptions and 3 blocked punts.

Dallas Cowboys

In 1989, he didn't start because there were conditional draft picks attached to the Vikings traded players and the Dallas Cowboys wanted the selections instead of keeping Holt and the others. Head coach Jimmy Johnson eventually had second thoughts on the February 1 deadline and traded three future draft choices (third-round and tenth-round in 1990 and a third-round in 1991) to the Vikings for the right to retain the original full package of draft choices, plus Holt, Jesse Solomon and David Howard.

From 1990 to 1992, Holt would become one of the top player on the team's defense at left cornerback. He was a part of the Super Bowl XXVII Championship team.

On April 30, 1993, after Holt questioned the number of voluntary off-season workouts, he was released by Johnson, who was looking to send the team a message.[3] He left as the Cowboys career leader with 4 blocked punts and was the last of the five players from the Herschel Walker trade.[4]

Miami Dolphins

On June 10, 1993, Holt was signed as a free agent by the Miami Dolphins.[5] He was cut on August 23.[6]


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