Houston Roughnecks – RB/WR/QB Nick Holley
Nick Holley is a story that you Roughneck fans will want to keep an eye on. Nick and his twin brother Nate are both pro football players today. Nate for the Calgary Stampeders as a linebacker, where he racked up 78 tackles in his first season with the team.
His twin brother Nick, on the other hand, wasn’t so lucky. During his time with the Kent State Golden Flashes, Holley suffered two torn ACL. In between the injuries, Holley started at wide receiver, running back and quarterback for the Ohio-based college. He gained 1,776-yards rushing, another 380 receiving, and passed for another 974. He totaled 27 touchdowns in his collegiate career and caught on with the Los Angeles Rams for a little bit.
Holley is versatile, athletic and fast. He’s posted a 4.40 after his ACL tears and showed in his first game with the Roughriders that he still has what it takes to play pro-football. Whether that’s at running back or wide receiver is anyone’s guess. He showed up big for the Roughriders Saturday night, catching four passes, for 50 yards; including one that saw him go up between two defenders and catch the ball despite abusive amounts of contact. He didn’t get any carries this week, though hopefully, that’ll change as the offense gets more comfortable and the team feels more confident with taking risks.
It’s likely we’ll see Holley in a lot more pro games going forward be in the XFL or the NFL because he loves the game. If three ACL tears and a broken back couldn’t stop him, what makes anyone think that he can’t do the impossible?