Former Drake football player and Law School graduate Bob Holliday recently received the Drake Double D Award during halftime of last Saturday’s men’s basketball game vs. Northern Iowa at the Drake Knapp Center.
The award is presented annually to Drake letterwinners for achievements in their chosen fields of endeavor and/or community service since leaving Drake. The Double D Award is the highest honor Drake bestows on its student-athletes. Since its inception in 1968, the Double D honor has been presented to 234 former Drake letterwinners.
Holliday played offensive guard for Drake football teams from 1961-64. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 1965 and obtained his juris doctorate from Drake Law School in 1968.
He is a partner at Sullivan & Ward PC. He joined the law firm in 1969. Holliday is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State and American Bar Associations. He also serves a certified mediator.
Holliday recently received accolades for his work to secure a presidential pardon for a federal prisoner. Read about that case in which past-President George W. Bush pardoned one of Holliday’s clients for whom he was trying to win clemency.
The Des Moines, Iowa, native officiated football for 36 years, spending 17 years in the former Big Eight Conference and five years in the Big 12 Conference.
During his career, Holliday officiated nine bowl games, including the 1994 Rose Bowl game. He was awarded the Distinguished Iowa Award from the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.