Holcomb to be inducted into Hall of Fame Saturday night

Signal-caller had 13-year NFL career

May 3, 2013 ·

NASHVILLE - Former Middle Tennessee football standout Kelly Holcomb will be one of 10 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame inductees Saturday evening at the annual recognition banquet at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Holcomb becomes the 20th member of the Hall of Fame with a connection to Blue Raider athletics.

Holcomb will join the likes of Frank Wycheck, Trey Teague, Rick Byrd, Leonard Hamilton, Dr. Chris Jones, Larry Sievers, Penny Hardaway, John Ed Miller (lifetime achievement), Bob Bell (posthumously), and Ermal Allen to make up the 2013 class.

Holcomb attended Lincoln County High School where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. After leading Lincoln County to the 1990 state championship, Holcomb signed with Middle Tennessee where he went on to compile a 31-16 record and led the Blue Raiders to an OVC Championship and three NCAA Playoff appearances.

In a run oriented system, Holcomb still managed to put up some impressive numbers for the Blue Raiders. He currently ranks third all-time in passing yards (7,064), third in completions (501), and fourth in touchdown passes (36).

During his freshman season in 1991, Holcomb earned the start at No. 1 Florida State in Doak Campbell Stadium. Against a secondary that included future NFL players Terrell Buckley and Clifton Abraham, Holcomb completed a school-record at the time 13 straight passes and finished the game 20-for-28.

Following a brilliant career at Middle Tennessee under legendary coach Boots Donnelly, Holcomb was picked up as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1995. After being released by Tampa Bay, he spent time with the Barcelona Dragons (NFL Europe) before being signed by the Indianapolis Colts in 1996. Holcomb played with the Colts through the 2000 season before joining the Cleveland Browns in 2001. As a member of the Browns, Holcomb had one of the most memorable passing performances in NFL history when he threw for a record 429 yards in a Wild Card game against Pittsburgh in 2003.

Holcomb, a 2008 Blue Raider Hall of Fame inductee, played with the Browns until 2004 before finishing his career with Buffalo (2005-06), Philadelphia (2007), and Minnesota (2007). Holcomb ended his 13-year NFL career with his official retirement announcement on July 7, 2008.

Holcomb, who will make 2013 his sixth season as a color analyst on the Blue Raider Network, and his wife Lorie have three children and reside in Murfreesboro.

The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame is a non-profit institution located inside the Bridgestone Arena in the heart of downtown Nashville.

MT Athletic Connections to Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame
Charles Anderson
Dewon Brazelton
Fred Delay
Barton Dodson
Boots Donnelly
Jimmy Earle
Larry Gilbert
Dave Hall
Dean Hayes
Kelly Holcomb
Rick Insell
Dr. Billy Jones
Jack Martin
Marynell Meadors
Charles Murphy
Preston Overall
Jim Painter
Reese Smith Jr.
John Stanford
Kim Webb

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