The NFL's shortest player is also its winningest. Return specialist Trindon Holliday just completed a perfect regular season, 5-0 with Houston, 11-0 with Denver, and he joins an exclusive club featuring the rosters of the 1972 Dolphins and the 2007 Patriots. If the Broncos go all the way, Holliday will be the only player in NFL history to go 19-0 in a single season.
Holliday started the season as the Texans' return man, and struggled. Houston had the worst kickoff return average in the league when they waived him after Week 5. That week, the Texans had beaten the Jets to move to 5-0—and the Broncos lost to the Patriots, to fall to 2-3. Later in the week, the Broncos signed Holliday, and the rest is history. Houston would lose in Week 6, their first loss of the season, and the Broncos would win their first of 11 straight.
Is it because of Holliday? Not empirically, no. The Broncos finished the year 30th in the league in kickoff return average and 31st on punts, and after cutting Holliday the Texans improved their numbers significantly. But the little man just knows how to win. (Or is incredibly lucky, which is the only way a team can go undefeated anyway. Hell, Holliday didn't even play yesterday with an ankle sprain, and the Broncos still beat the Chiefs. Explain that one logically. You can't.)
[via Phinsider, h/t Brad]