Rodney Holman
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Rodney Holman

Rodney Holman
No. 82
Position:Tight End
Personal information
Born: (1960-04-20) April 20, 1960 (age 61)
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Career information
NFL Draft:1982 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving Yards:4,771
Player stats at

Rodney Alan Holman (born April 20, 1960) is an American former professional American football player who played tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals (1982-1992), and the Detroit Lions (1993-1995).


Holman was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan and graduated from Ypsilanti High School in 1978 where he starred on the football team and was an all-state wrestler.[1] Before his NFL career, Holman played college football at Tulane University.[2] Holman started all four of his seasons at Tulane, setting school records for receptions (135) and receiving yards (1,512) by a tight end. His 47 receptions in 1979 set a single season school record for catching by a tight end as well. In his four seasons on the team, The Green Wave posted a 26-20 record, and made it to consecutive Bowl games for the first time ever. Future NFL kicker Eddie Murray was also a member of the team around that time.[3]

He was selected by the Bengals in the third round of the 1982 NFL Draft.[4] A 3-time Pro Bowl selection from 1988 to 1990,[5] Holman's superb blocking and pass catching abilities were a great asset to his team, and assisted the Bengals to an NFL championship appearance in Super Bowl XXIII.[6]

By the time he retired in 1996, Holman had played in 213 games, the second most games played by a tight end in NFL history behind Pete Metzelaars (234). In his 14 seasons, Holman amassed 365 receptions for 4,771 yards and 36 touchdowns.[7] As of 2005, Holman's 318 receptions with the Bengals are the most ever by a tight end in franchise history and ranks him as their 6th all-time leading receiver.

After his NFL career ended, Holman served as an assistant coach for the New Orleans Saints from 1998 to 1999.[8]


Holman was inducted into the Tulane Hall Of Fame in 1990,[9] and the Allstate Sugar Bowl all of Fame in 2013.[10]

Family life

Holman and his wife Sandra have two daughters, Rachel and Shayla.[11] He is now retired and living in Slidell, Louisiana.[12]

First cousin of Victor Holman, teacher at Livonia Franklin high school


  1. ^ Stone, Mike and Regner, Art (2008). The Great Book of Detroit Sports Lists. Running Press. p. 203. ISBN 9780786741717.
  2. ^ Higgins, Ruby D. and Ekeler, William J. (1994). The Black Student's Guide to College Success. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 157. ISBN 9780313294310.
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  4. ^ "Where are they now? Former Tulane and NFL tight end Rodney Holman". Sports Nola. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "Top five NFL players who played for the Tulane Green Wave: A fan's opinion". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "The Insider: Super Bowl XLVIII colder than VI?". Tulane University. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "Rodney Holman". Allstate Sugar Bowl. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "New Orleans Saints All-Time Coaching Roster" (PDF). New Orleans Saints. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "Rodney Holman". Tulane Green Wave. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "Rodney Holman". Allstate Sugar Bowl. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "Where are they now? Former Tulane and NFL tight end Rodney Holman". Sports Nola. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ "New Orleans Saints All-Time Coaching Roster" (PDF). New Orleans Saints. Retrieved 2014.

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