|Date of birth||June 28, 1948|
|Place of birth||San Antonio, Texas|
|Date of death||April 20, 1998(aged 49)|
|NFL Draft||1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15|
New York Giants
Holland was born in San Antonio, Texas and grew up in Sherman, Texas. He played college football at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. Holland was an all-American at Tennessee State, where he played from 1967-70.
Holland played right tackle in Cincinnati, where he anchored the offensive line throughout the 1970s. For nine years, from the 1971 season through the 1979 season, he played in 119 games for the Bengals, starting all but one of those. He played in every Bengals game in eight of his nine seasons in Cincinnati.
He was also known for expensive clothes, carrying a briefcase because he considered football serious business, and the nickname "Suki."
In 1980, he played 10 games, starting five, for the New York Giants, then two games for the Detroit Lions. It was the final season of his 10-year NFL career.
He later worked in the security department of the Nashville Arena. He died at age 49 of a heart attack on April 21, 1998 in Nashville.
The Ohio Valley Conference, of which Holland's alma mater, Tennessee State, is a member, annually awards the Vernon Holland Scholarship to promote the graduate-level studies of former OVC student-athletes interested in a career tied to sports.