ESPN’s Black History Month Coverage: Two New Documentaries

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ESPN’s Black History Month Coverage: Two New Documentaries


ESPN’s Year of the Quarterback documentary The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story, produced and narrated by country music star Kenny Chesney, will air Sunday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Chesney takes a personal look at his childhood idol, Holloway, the first black quarterback at an SEC school (University of Tennessee).  Chesney and Holloway were at ESPN to discuss the film.  Photos | Trailer | Conference Call Replay

Chesney on the name of the film: “As a kid… I didn’t see black or white. I only saw an orange jersey with the number 7 on it and that’s all that mattered to me.”

Chesney on the importance of making the film: “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.”

Immediately following The Color Orange, ESPN will continue its programming for Black History Month, with Wendell Scott: A Race Story. The 60-minute film, produced by ESPN Films in conjunction with NASCAR Media Group and Max Siegel Inc., documents the story of Wendell Scott, the only African-American to win a race in NASCAR’s top series.  Photos

Mr. Scott is my inspiration,” said ESPN NASCAR analyst Brad Daugherty“If not for him, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do today in racing. He paved the way for me through his trials and tribulations, and for that I’m forever grateful.”  

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