Condredge Holloway

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Condredge Holloway Jr.
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Shortstop Condredge Holloway was selected by the Montreal Expos in the first round of the 1971 amateur draft, the fourth overall pick out of Robert E. Lee High School in Huntsville, AL. His mother, Dorothy Holloway, was the first black employee of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. At his mother's urging, Condredge elected not to sign with the club and instead chose to play college football at the University of Tennessee, where he starred from 1971 to 1974, leading the Volunteers to three bowl games. At the time, he was the first black starting quarterback in the history of the Southeastern Conference. Extremely athletic, he was renowned for his ability to scramble and improvize on the field, in addition to his outstanding arm. Holloway was drafted twice more while in college, both times by the Atlanta Braves: in the 10th round of the 1975 amateur draft and in the 4th round of the January 1976 amateur draft-Secondary Phase.

Holloway played football professionally in the Canadian Football League for 13 seasons, capturing the league's MVP award in 1982 and leading both the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Toronto Argonauts to Grey Cup victories, in 1976 and 1983 respectively. He had been drafted by the New England Patriots of the NFL, but as a defensive back, at a time when black quarterbacks were still a rarity in the league. He decided to head to Canada instead.

Currently, he is an Assistant Athletic Director at UT. He was inducted in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

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