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Feb 18

Kenny Chesney Documentary Leaves Emotions Raw

Kenny Chesney at the premiere of his documentary, The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story, held at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tenn. (l-r) Condredge Holloway, Kenny Chesney, former UT coach Bill Battle, director Shaun Silva. Photo by and courtesy of George Achaves.

In a Knoxville, Tennessee theater packed with Tennessee football greats like Peyton Manning, Tee Martin, and Larry Seivers as well as former coaches Bill Battle and Phil Fulmer and current coach Derek Dooley, Kenny Chesney premiered his new documentary, The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story.

While Kenny’s first foray into filmmaking with documentary The Boys of Fall was a great success, the power and emotion behind The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story is unmatched. You don’t have to be a Tennessee fan or even a football fan to be moved by the story of a man who was denied the chance to play quarterback at school after school because of his skin color. One by one, those who wore orange after Condredge stood to address him, Kenny, director Shaun Silva and ESPN’s John Dahl after the film. Peyton Manning confessed to having tears in his eyes as he watched the film.

“I was crying and I know you had to have been crying so I want to know your reaction,” Peyton said to Condredge. “And Kenny and Shaun, I just want to tell y’all thank y’all for letting everybody know what a great player Condredge Holloway was and what a true legend he was.” Continue Reading

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Feb 17

Kenny Chesney Premieres New Football Documentary

Kenny Chesney at the premiere of his documentary, The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story, held at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tenn. (l-r) Condredge Holloway, Kenny Chesney, former UT coach Bill Battle, director Shaun Silva. Photo by and courtesy of George Achaves.

Kenny Chesney was in Knoxville, Tennessee last night to debut his new documentary, The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story. Kenny, who grew up around Knoxville, idolized Condredge from an early age, not only for his playmaking abilities as starting quarterback for the Tennessee Volunteers, but for the type of person Condredge was and his resilience when faced with adversity.

Condredge, nicknamed The Artful Dodger, made headlines for his skills on the field but the bigger headline was the fact that he was the first starting African-American quarterback to play in the Southeastern Conference. The struggles he faced and the decisions he made along the way was the story Kenny set out to tell when ESPN asked him and director Shaun Silva to make the documentary, as part of their Year of the Quarterback initiative, following the success of Kenny and Shaun’s first documentary, The Boys of Fall.

“We know all the stats,” said Kenny. “We know what kind of player he was. But I wanted everybody to know what kind of person he was, how humble that he was, and everything that he went through personally, socially, so that he could become that person. And if you ask me, the odds were against him becoming that person and I felt like that was the reason, when ESPN asked Shaun and I to do this film, that’s why I wanted to do it. We can put a bunch of highlight reels together and make it look cool but we didn’t want to do that. We wanted to show people what kind of person he was,” Kenny said. Continue Reading

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Feb 16

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Honors Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney was honored as "Tennessean of the Year" by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, February 11, 2011. Photo by Bill Thorp, courtesy of Shore Fire Media.

Kenny Chesney was honored as “Tennessean of the Year” by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, February 11.  He was honored not only for his role as a producer on the ESPN football documentary “Boys of Fall,” but also for his role as mentor of young adults through his contribution of thousands of DVDs to high schools across the country.  As Bill Emendorfer, President of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame says, the award “honors an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to our society through sports or other methods, demonstrating strong character and high profile leadership.” 

Kenny’s offer to contribute copies of the “Boys of Fall” DVD to high schools across the nation was met with tremendous response and requests from school principals and coaches in all 50 states. In one of the letters received, a high school’s athletic director invited Kenny to serve as an honorary assistant coach as they vied for a 10th state championship, and in another, a head football coach wrote to Chesney, “your path to success has shown kids all over the country that if they have a dream and a willingness to work hard, anything is possible.” Continue Reading

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