Ex-Oaks Christian Receiver Blair Holliday Remains in Critical Condition After Accident

The Sherman Oaks native was jet skiing when he collided with a teammate from Duke University

By Steven Covelman
|  Sunday, Jul 8, 2012  |  Updated 4:19 PM PDT
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Duke football player and Sherman Oaks native Blair Holliday is in critical condition after a Jet Ski accident. This is a file photo of the Duke football team.

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Former Oaks Christian High School standout Blair Holliday remains in critical condition Sunday after suffering head injuries caused by a Fourth of July Jet Ski accident.

Holliday, a wide receiver at Duke University, was riding a Jet Ski on Lake Tillery in North Carolina when he collided with teammate Jamison Crowder. He was taken airlifted to the UNC Trauma Center in Chapel Hill to receive medical treatment where he still remains.

Crowder refused medical treatment.

"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Blair, his parents, Leslie and Rick, and the entire Holliday family," Duke football coach David Cutcliffe said in a statement. "The Holliday family is one of tremendous character and strength, and is truly an inspiration for all of us."

Holliday’s teammates from high school and college have taken to social media to offer prayers and support.

"Pray for my fellow teammate and brother Blair Holliday," Duke wide receiver Donovan Varner tweeted.

As a freshman last season, Holliday played in 10 games and caught three passes for 30 yards. The Sherman Oaks native was named Duke’s co-Most Improved Offensive Player following a strong spring.

He was expected to challenge for the starting wide receiver job.

A 2010 All-Southern California selection by GoldenStatePreps.com, Holliday helped lead Oaks Christian to the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division football title his senior year.

He scored the game-winning two-point conversion in the title game against Westlake High School.

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