Condredge Holloway honored by Tennessee General Assembly

Tennessee quarterback Condredge Holloway tries to outrun a Georgia defender during a game at Neyland Stadium on Nov. 3, 1973.  The Bulldogs defeated the Vols 35-31.

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Tennessee quarterback Condredge Holloway tries to outrun a Georgia defender during a game at Neyland Stadium on Nov. 3, 1973. The Bulldogs defeated the Vols 35-31.

Condredge Holloway on the documentary "The Color Orange"

Condredge Holloway

Former University of Tennessee star Condredge Holloway was honored by the Tennessee General Assembly after serving as the guest speaker at Sunday's reception and auction on behalf of UT's Alex Haley Scholarship Fund.

Holloway, who starred for the Vols in baseball and football in the early 1970s before launching a Hall of Fame career in the Canadian Football League, was presented with a House Joint Resolution signed by Gov. Bill Haslam.

The resolution recognizes Holloway's success both on and off the field as he brought “honor and distinction” to the state, paying tribute to his determination as he became the first black quarterback in the SEC.

Holloway, a 57-year-old native of Huntsville, Ala., who now serves as UT's assistant athletic director for student-athlete relations and lettermen, was recently the subject of a documentary produced by country singer and East Tennessee native Kenny Chesney.

The production, titled: “The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story,” chronicles Holloway's success story and his life as a Tennessee athlete.

Holloway was 25-9-2 as the Vols' starting quarterback from 1972-74 (freshmen were not eligible to play during Holloway's career) and led the team to the 1972 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl, the 1973 Gator Bowl and the 1974 Liberty Bowl.

Known as the “Artful Dodger,'' Holloway's scrambling ability and instincts made him one of the most exciting quarterbacks to watch of his time. When Holloway did unleash his rocket arm, he was most always on target, as he set the UT record for interception-to-attempt ratio with only 12 interceptions in 407 passing attempts.

Former UT coach and Holloway teammate Phillip Fulmer said Holloway was “before his time” at quarterback.

“He could run the football, throw the football and read defenses,'' Fulmer said. “If he were in an offense in this day and age, like the spread, it would be one of the best in the country...

“If he had been our quarterback my senior year, if freshman had been eligible, I think we would have won the national championship.''

Holloway also played shortstop on the UT baseball team, receiving All-SEC and All-American honors in 1975 as he posted a .353 career batting average that ranks ninth overall in UT history.

Holloway's distinguished CFL career was capped by his induction to the CFL Hall of Fame in 1999, as he was the league MVP in 1982, a three-time all-star and a two-time Grey Cup winner.

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voloffaith writes:

Class act that I enjoyed as an athlete and a class mate on the Hill as well.

ALL_VOL75 writes:

would be a great pick for AD

born2ride writes:

Great QB and a deserving award.

voloffaith writes:

in response to Orange_A_Holic:

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Yes part of a sad time in our nation where a man was measured by the skin color versus the heart of a man. Thankfully entrance into God's heaven isn't based on color or deeds,but the finished work of His so Jesus by faith in the believer's heart.

Thanks again Condredge for being civil with me in the halls of Glocker as a classmate. Never arrogant,but always humble as I recall.

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to Orange_A_Holic:

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What is even more sad is the amount of people you refer to that still exsit today. Ignorance and bigotry is still very alive today.Especially in the southern U.S. The more things change the more they stay the same.
Mr Holloway would make a fine A.D.
GO VOLS!!!

thevoice writes:

in response to ALL_VOL75:

would be a great pick for AD

Yeah, I was hoping the headline was "Condredge Honored to be Next AD"

rockytopatl writes:

in response to Orange_A_Holic:

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Great post. Kudos to you for befriending your teammate. You probably took your share of abuse just for that.

clvolfan writes:

in response to thevoice:

Yeah, I was hoping the headline was "Condredge Honored to be Next AD"

Me too,awful good man and a loyal
and Patriot vol to not be given a chance at it.

volguy#211935 writes:

Condredge Holloway=Vol For Life

CarlChilders writes:

Condredge Holloway for AD? What a great idea!

VOLliven2it writes:

Fantastic and no one, I mean no one is more deserving of this honor than Condredge Holloway. I don't care what color he is, he is one truly great human being and that goes beyond all his tremendous athletic abilities.

tovolny writes:

Condredge Holloway and the whole Holloway story needs this Chapter: Holloway named Director of Athletics. Holloway would power the lights back up at the flickering glimmers of UT athletics. This State and the intire US could go to sleep at nights and think..."aaahhh all is well on the the HILL.

voloffaith writes:

intire = encased in a rubber sphere not 2b confused entire = as in total,encompassing whole US.

tovolny writes:

Thanks...my Thunderbolt spell check missed it. The IPhone has an Apt called "Intire." But this was a GOOF on my part. Thanks again for the correction.

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