Derek Holloway

Derek Holloway


Panthers & Invaders

"It was  a madhouse out there," says Holloway 35 years later in February 2018. "They stormed the field, they tore down the goal posts, it was great."

The Panthers marched through the USFL season going 12-6 and winning the Central Division.

Up next it was a home playoff game vs. the Oakland Invaders, where over 60-thousand euphoric fans rocked the Silverdome.

After the game, fans spilled on to the field in celebration of the win.

“We were totally shocked and surprised," says Bojovic.  "We have 63 or 64 thousand [fans] in the stadium; we had a rough start then we had a winning streak of six games, then we played the Invaders at home, to see the 63,000 plus in the stadium, that tells you the impact we made in the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan. It was a tremendous feeling that were making so much progress."

"It was a madhouse out there," says Holloway 35 years later in February 2018. "They stormed the field, they tore down the goal posts, it was great."

The Panthers lost earlier in the year to Philly and were underdogs against Jim Mora's Stars.

Magic's luck must have rubbed off as over 50,000 USFL fans watched quarterback Bobby Hebert win the game's MVP as the Panthers stunned the Stars 24-22 in the first USFL Championship game in Denver, Colo.

"We were ready to play" says the 5-foot-7-inch Holloway, who scored two touchdowns in the game for the Panthers. "Philly was tough and had beaten us earlier in the season. We knew they going to blitz, that's why were able to get those touchdown passes in there."

Derek Holloway relives the Glory Days of the Michigan Panthers