Country star Kenny Chesney has paid tribute to his childhood hero by producing and narrating a new sports documentary about American football icon CONDREDGE HOLLOWAY.
The singer reveals he worshipped the sportsman growing up after Holloway became the first black quarterback at a Southeast Conference School when he joined the University of Tennessee's football team in the 1970s, and Chesney, a Tennessee native, jumped at the chance to work on a TV project about the star for sports network ESPN.
He says, "As a kid... I didn't see black or white. I only saw an orange jersey with the number seven on it and that's all that mattered to me.
"It's not every day you get to make a film about someone you look up to. As a kid, what we had was Tennessee football and we wrapped our arms around it. And that's where my heroes were formed. That's where I learned how to dream; that's where I learned how to love sports like I do. And Condredge Holloway was that person."
The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story airs in the U.S. on Sunday (20Feb11).
It's the second football documentary Chesney has made for ESPN - he previously produced a show called Boys of Fall.