At 5ft 5″ Trindon Holliday was one of the shortest NFL players in the history of the game. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft and showed genuine pace over the 40 yard dash test covering the distance in 4.21s…
Holliday was a top-ranked American sprinter competing for the LSU Tigers track and field team and is regarded as one of the fastest players in football. He demonstrated his sprinting ability in the 100-meter dash at the 2007 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, where he recorded 10.07 seconds in the final – ahead of Walter Dixand second only to Tyson Gay. This qualified him for the 2007 World Championships in Athletics but he opted to not compete, preferring to begin the football season with the LSU Tigers. He continued to race, however, and reached the semi-finals in the 100 m at the 2008 United States Olympic Trials the following year.
In his first year at LSU in 2007, he broke Xavier Carter‘s school record and became the Southeastern Conference100 m champion. At the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship later that year he set a personal record in the semifinals and finished runner-up in the final to Walter Dix. The following year he took third in the 100 m NCAA final and anchored the 4×100-meter relay team to victory in 38.42 seconds – the fastest collegiate time that year.
Track and Field News has Holliday recorded at 6.19 over 55 meters indoors in 2005, leading the nation.
Holliday was never scheduled to appear at LSU’s camp. So David Masterson, Holliday’s high school coach, took Holliday along also. After initial workouts, Holliday ran the 40 in 4.28 seconds wearing high top basketball shoes. The time was so outrageous that the LSU coaches began arguing if they had started their stopwatches on time. “They asked me if Trindon could run it again,” Masterson said. “He didn’t even get in a track stance. He ran the second 40 in 4.27. He’s one of those little freaks of nature.” Despite this, LSU coach Les Miles still considered canceling Holliday’s scholarship offer until holdover offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher convinced Miles that Holliday could play at a college level.
His best years were at the Texans and Broncos before spells with Giants, Buccaneers, 49ers and Raiders.
Proving that size is no barrier to Genuine Pace, Trindon Holliday becomes our shortest inductee at 10.00s dead.