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.