Richard Holt made his pro debut with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League in 1994, three years after playing his last college game with the Arizona Wildcats in 1991. He previously earned a tryout with the NFL's New York Jets. In 11 games that season, he recorded 45 tackles and picked off 3 passes in addition to making 7 receptions (2 for touchdowns) on offense in helping the Rattlers win the franchise's first Arena Bowl championship. In 1995, Holt signed with the CFL's expansion Memphis Mad Dogs. He returned to the Rattlers in 1996 and intercepted another 3 passes and racked up 53 tackles in 13 games. In his final season in 1997, Holt played in 4 games and was credited with 7 tackles for the Rattlers.
This Starter size large jersey was worn by Holt in 1995. Holt played in just 2 games for the Mad Dogs, making 6 tackles. This jersey is unique in two ways. First, Memphis used full mesh jerseys with only the shoulders and sides being of normal material. Second, this jersey is of the design with the number on the front being small and on the left breast with the Mad Dog logo dominating the bottom right. Birmingham and Toronto used this same jersey design in 1995. The numbers and logo are screen printed on. The name is screen printed on to a sewn on nameplate. The sewing that attached the nameplate on this home jersey is straight and on the away jersey, it is zig zag. The home nameplate also is sewn to the solid shoulder material only while on the away jersey, the name plate bottom is sewn to the mesh body of the jersey. The jersey has Starter tagging in the collar but no year and no numerical size on the hem label. The jersey has the old style CFL neck logo. The jersey actually has very little wear and no shortening or tape under the arms. I suspect this jersey was game prepared, but not customized or used.