Kelly Holcomb Calls it Quits -- Joins MTSU's Radio Crew

(MURFREESBORO, Tenn.) - Former Middle Tennessee State, and Lincoln County quarterback Kelly Holcomb is calling it quits after a 13-year NFL career to join the MTSU radio crew this season.

Holcomb will be a sideline reporter for the Blue Raider Network, which includes flagship stations 106.7-FM in Nashville and 1450-AM in Murfreesboro as well as 89.5-FM, which has a three-state coverage area.

Charlie McAlexander will return for his third season as play-by-play announcer. Chip Walters, a 16-year veteran of the Blue Raider Network, will remain color analyst.

MTSU's radio crew has been without a sideline reporter for two seasons.

Holcomb, who resides in Murfreesboro, will be inducted into the MTSU Hall of Fame on September 6 prior to the Blue Raiders' home game versus Maryland.

A four-year starting quarterback at MTSU from 1991-94, Holcomb remains the school's third all-time passer.

Holcomb played for 6 NFL teams in his career, including the Minnesota Vikings last season.

Holcomb signed as an undrafted free agent with the Tampa Bay Bucs in 1995. He backed up Peyton Manning at Indianapolis in 1996 and was a starter for the Cleveland Browns in 2003, replacing Tim Couch. He also played NFL Europe for the Barcelona Dragons in 1996.

In January 2003, he became just the 3rd quarterback in playoff history to throw for more than 400 yards, shredding the Pittsburgh Steelers' secondary for 429 yards, a post-season record, but Tommy Maddox rallied the Steelers late in the game for a 36-33 victory over the Browns.