Holloway to be inducted into Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

(UTSports.com) -- Former Tennessee two-sport star Condredge Holloway will be inducted into his seventh hall of fame on Saturday, May 31. The Huntsville, Ala., native will join seven other inductees in the 2008 class of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. He will be one of 275 members of the Hall.

He was previously inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

“To be honored by your home state is very special and personal,” Holloway said. “I visited the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and was overwhelmed by the names of the athletes with ties to the state. The first bust I encountered was Joe Lewis; the next two were Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. Just being in the same building with those men is quite an honor.”

In his three seasons as a starter on the football team (1972-74) Holloway directed the Vols to the 1972 Astro-Bluebonnet, 1973 Gator and 1974 Liberty Bowls and an overall record of 25-9-2. He ended his career with the best career interception-to-attempt ratio in Tennessee history, throwing just 12 interceptions in 407 attempts.

Holloway was also a fine baseball prospect and was selected out of high school by the Montreal Expos with their first overall pick. He opted instead for a two-sport collegiate career and went on to excel on the baseball diamond. He garnered All-SEC and All-America honors as a shortstop in 1975 and still ranks ninth on UT’s career hitting list with a .353 average.

Holloway left Knoxville and went on to play thirteen seasons in the Canadian Football League, compiling impressive numbers while playing for the Ottawa Rough Riders (1975-1980), Toronto Argonauts (1981-1986) and the British Columbia Lions (1987). He threw for over 25,000 yards and rushed for another 3,167 while scoring 155 touchdowns. He was chosen the league’s MVP in 1982.

Holloway has since returned to Knoxville and currently serves as Assistant Athletic Director for Player Relations at Tennessee.

Three other former athletes with Tennessee connections are already in the Hall of Fame. Former Vol head football coach Bill Battle was inducted in 1981, former Vol All-America wingback Richmond Flowers was inducted in 2002 for both his football and track & field prowess. Former Vol linebackers coach (1964-66) Vince Gibson was inducted in 2004.

The 2008 induction banquet will take place in the Birmingham Ballroom at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.


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