Duke Football Player Blair Holliday on Sidelines Months After Brain Injury

Duke football player Blair Holliday was injured July 4 in a personal watercraft crash

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    A July 4 jetski accident nearly took Blair Holliday's life. Last night the former Oaks Christian receiver made a triumphant return to Duke University, stepping on the field for the first time since that fateful day.

    Former Oaks Christian School wide receiver Blair Holliday was on the sideline at Wallace Wade Stadium with his Duke University teammates Saturday just months after suffering brain trauma in a personal watercraft crash.

    Holliday was the honorary captain for Saturday's coin toss in the Blue Devils' matchup with North Carolina Central University.

    "Today is a special day for Blair," his family said in a statement posted on the Duke University athletics web site. "Returning to Duke to share cherished moments with his teammates and friends has been a goal of his for several weeks.

    Blair Holliday: Back From the Brink

    [LA] Blair Holliday: Back From the Brink
    Months after suffering severe brain trauma in a horrific personal watercraft accident, Duke football player Blair Holliday is relearning all the things that were once so simple.

    "This journey has taken our family down paths we never would have imagined, and without the love and sustenance from so many individuals and groups, we would not have survived."

    Holliday was airlifted to UNC Trauma Center July 4 after he was struck in the head by another teammate's personal watercraft on Lake Tillery in North Carolina. He was in a coma after the crash and fought of pneumonia six days later.

    Blair Holliday Talks with Fred Roggin

    [LA] Blair Holliday Talks with Fred Roggin
    Duke receiver Blair Holliday's first interview since his horrific July 4 jetski accident. Here's more of Holliday's conversation with Fred Roggin.

    He has transitioned to outpatient therapy, learning to walk and talk again. A rehabilitation physician on Shepherd Center’s traumatic injury unit credited Holliday’s physique as an important factor in his recovery.

    “His body is better able to deal with the trauma," Dr. Andrew Dennison told NBC4 earlier this month. "I think his pre-existing work ethic comes through for him to be able to push through with the therapies.”

    Duke won Saturday's game 54-17.
     

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