Condredge Holloway was the first black starting quarterback in the SEC when he played for Tennessee from 1972-74, and to this day, his story resonates across the league.
As Holloway himself said recently, a black quarterback in the SEC, Auburn's Cam Newton, won the Heisman Trophy this season. When Holloway came through this league, simply getting a chance to play quarterback in the SEC as a black athlete was something that just didn't happen.
Obviously, he opened a lot of doors for a lot of people.
Holloway's story airs on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET as part of ESPN's "Year of the Quarterback" with Kenny Chesney's documentary film, "The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story."
Chesney, who grew up just outside of Knoxville, Tenn., was a big fan of Holloway's as a kid and actually wore one of Holloway's No. 7 jerseys to school for a class picture. Holloway and Chesney have become close friends over the years, and Holloway, a very private person, has said that he probably wouldn't have agreed to do the project if Chesney wasn't the one directing it.
The premier of the film was Wednesday night in Knoxville, and several former Tennessee players and coaches were on hand, including Peyton Manning, Phillip Fulmer, Bill Battle, Tee Martin and Jason Witten.