The 1999 St. Louis Rams were known as “The Greatest Show on Turf,” thanks in no small part to their high-scoring offense, which torched the opposition all season long and led them to a win in Super Bowl XXXIV.
The “Greatest Show” moniker definitely did not apply to their freestyle skills, however, as MTV learned firsthand when we traveled to Atlanta — the site of that year’s Super Bowl — and hung out with a few members of the Rams in the lead-up to the Big Game, including tight end Roland Williams, who gave us a VIP tour of the field.
Of course, as Roland was showing us around (and letting our cameras know that he had “all” of MTV’s Spring Breaks on VHS), he came across rookie wide receiver Torry Holt, who decided to rap on the spot, dropping elementary-level rhymes like “Sportin’ Timbs and J’s, all day, in your face/I tell you one thing: I can spray you with some mace.”
And yes, we know freestyling isn’t easy, but, frankly, the NFL hasn’t seen rapping this awkward since the heyday of the Chicago Bears Shufflin’ Crew (though at least they were nominated for a Grammy). To make up for his rhymes, Holt then attempts to establish street cred by name-checking DMX … though he blows it one second later when he admits that he also listens to the Backstreet Boys.
Needless to say, it’s a pretty amazing piece of video … so, to get you ready for Sunday’s game, we’re unveiling it now, as part of our Throwback Thursdays — Super Bowl Edition (check out part one, featuring Steven Tyler and a terrified ‘NSYNC right here). Have a look, but be warned: Torry’s apparently armed with mace, and he’s not afraid to use it.