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Jesse Holley
No. 16     Dallas Cowboys
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: January 8, 1984 (1984-01-08) (age 26)
Place of birth: Roselle, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
College: North Carolina
Undrafted in 2007
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Practice Squad
Career highlights and awards
  • Honorable mention All-ACC (2005)
  • All-ACC Candidate (2006)
  • 4th and Long Season One Winner (2009)
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
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Receiving yards     --
Receiving TDs     --
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Jesse Holley (born January 8, 1984 in Roselle, New Jersey) is an American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He is on the Cowboys practice squad. He was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at North Carolina. He won the reality TV show, 4th and Long.


Early years

Holley played high school football at Abraham Clark High School in Roselle where he is the all time leader in receptions (106), receiving yards (1,449) and touchdown catches (27). Holley would also play quarterback starting five games in the position. In his junior year, Holley caught 44 passes for 865 yards and 13 touchdowns. Holley was ranked in the top 20 receivers by most recruiting websites and magazines. In basketball Holley was coached by Louis Grasso. Holley averaged 20 points per game and broke the school's career basketball scoring record.[1]

College career

Holley played both basketball and football for the University of North Carolina. He was a member of the 2004–05 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team that won the National Championship.


Freshmen season

Holley played in all 12 games and had 12 receptions for 168 yards, two touchdowns and had a tackle on special teams.[1] before transferring to basketball which he played on the championship unc and scored 13 points in the season

Sophomore season

Holley played in all 12 games and became one of the starting receivers. He finished the season second on the team with 30 catches for 456 yards and two touchdowns.[1]

Junior season

Again starting all games Holley led the team with 47 receptions for 670 yards. He was ranked fifth in the league in receiving yards per game and sixth in receptions.[1]

Professional career

Cincinnati Bengals

Holley was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals. After being cut following training camp, he was signed to Bengals practice squad on September 7, 2007.[2] On October 5, he was released when Marcus Maxwell was signed.[3]

BC Lions

After safety Barron Miles sent tapes to the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League;[4] Holley signed with the team on May 22, 2008,[5] and released June 15, following the team's first pre-season game.[6][7]

Dallas Cowboys

Holley was the winner of Michael Irvin's football reality show 4th and Long; he received an invitation to attend the Dallas Cowboys training camp.[8] He was signed to the team on July 21, 2009.[9] Holley played in his first game for the NFL on August 13, 2009 in a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. Holley recorded no catches, blocks or tackles. Holley caught his first pass on August 21, 2009 in the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans. On September 4, Holley returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings. The Cowboys released Holley on September 5 as a final cut. He cleared waivers and signed to the Cowboys' practice squad on September 6, 2009.


  1. ^ a b c d "#9 Jesse Holley". University of North Carolina. Retrieved 2009-07-21.  
  2. ^ "Bengals release oft-injured WR Chatman". Associated Press (The Sporting News). September 7, 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-21.  
  3. ^ "Thursday's Sports Transactions". USA Today. October 5, 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-21.  
  4. ^ "Holley campaigns for a spot". Vancouver Sun ( June 6, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-21.  
  5. ^ "Lions sign Allen, Holley". May 22, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-21.  
  6. ^ "BC Lions Transactions". BC Lions Football Club Inc.. Retrieved 2009-07-21.  
  7. ^ Little, Lyndon (June 15, 2008). "B.C. Lions looking for a more professional effort". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2009-07-21.  
  8. ^ "Jesse Holley wins '4th and Long' to try out with Dallas Cowboys". Dallas Morning News. July 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-21.  
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