Tennessee football: 5 most underrated players in Tennessee Volunteers history

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1. player. 839. Pick Analysis. QB. (1971-74). Condredge Holloway. Scouting Report

Condredge Holloway doesn’t get enough love for what he did for Tennessee football.

Statistically, his passing numbers will be lost to time. However, Condredge Holloway‘s legacy for Tennessee football will live on forever. The Huntsville, Alabama native was the son of the first black employee to work for NASA. Despite being an incredible high school baseball player, Holloway turned down being a first-round pick by the Montreal Expos to play college football.

Holloway arrived on the Tennessee campus in 1971. By his sophomore season in 1972, he became the first black starting quarterback in SEC history. He was also the first black player in the history of the Tennessee baseball program, a sport he dominated throughout his college career. Holloway’s bravery opened up the door for so many great athletes to play in the SEC after him.

In three years as the Tennessee starter, he completed 58.5 percent of his passes for 3,102 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also ran the ball 351 times for 966 yards and nine rushing touchdowns. Though he was drafted in the 12th round by the New England Patriots in the 1975 NFL Draft to play defensive back, Holloway opted to make a name for himself in the CFL.

From 1975 to 1987, Holloway played for the Ottawa Rough Riders, the Toronto Argonauts and the BC Lions. He was a three-time CFL East All-Star, winning league MVP in 1982. Holloway won two Grey Cups, one with the Rough Riders and one with the Argos. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1999. He was worked for Tennessee as the assistant athletic director.

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