Remembering Johnny Holloway: Interception vs. St. Louis, 1986
I completely missed this until this evening, but someone posted a comment here under the name of holloway (class of ’86). Fred Goodwin fortunately saw this, identifying the individual as Johnny Holloway, a seventh round pick out of Kansas who played cornerback for the Cowboys in 1986. He played his college ball at Kansas as well as, according to Pro-Football-Reference, Northwestern.
Assuming that the poster was indeed Mr. Holloway, he represents the first member of the Cowboys– present or past– to post a comment (or probably to visit) this blog. And here’s a very strange irony: Holloway had one career interception in a game at St. Louis on Monday Night Football in 1986. I recorded one game during the 1986 season, which was the MNF game at St. Louis (where I grew up).
This was the fourth game of the 1986 season. Dallas had a 2-1 record and had scored at least 30 points in each of the first three games. During this game, Dallas took a 10-0 lead, but St. Louis drove to the Dallas nine with less than a minute to play in the first half. In an unusual play, St. Louis quarterback Neil Lomax threw two forward passes on one play, and Holloway picked off the second of those passes. This is from the DMN article:
Lomax tried a shovel pass to fullback Earl Ferrell, who was hit immediately by Vince Albritton. Ferrell flipped the ball back to a surprised Lomax, who rolled right and fired a pass toward tight end Doug Marsh in the end zone. The only two things wrong with that idea were that you can’t throw two forward passes on one play and the ball headed for cornerback Johnny Holloway. The Cowboys’ rookie intercepted the pass and Dallas declined the penalty to negate what had been only the second serious scoring threat of the half by St. Louis.
Here is the video:
Holloway played in all 16 games in 1986 for Dallas. He played in three more for St. Louis in 1987 (post-strike) before his career ended.
But thanks to a simple comment on this blog, we won’t forget him here.