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Blair Holliday was featured as a Sentinel Student Athlete of the Week last year. He graduated from Oaks Christian High School with a 3.7 grade point average, which allowed him to attend Duke University.
Holliday was a star wide receiver at Oaks Christian, and he was expected to win the starters job heading into his sophomore season at Duke. Photo courtesy of GoDuke
Blair Holliday, who was a star wide receiver on Oaks Christian High School’s football team, and who was featured as one of the Sentinel’s Student/Athlete of the Week last year, was seriously injured when he and Duke University teammate Jamison Crower collided on jet skis on Lake Tillery near Charlotte on the 4th of July.
Holliday was airlifted to the University of North Carolina Trauma Center in Chapel Hill, where he was in critical but stable condition.
Leslie and Rick Holliday, Blair’s parents, released a statement to those who helped their son through these tough times.
“We cannot express our heartfelt appreciation enough for Duke University and the Duke Football family during this time of uncertainty. Coach David Cutcliffe, coach Matt Lubick, coach Kurt Roper, Stan Wilcox, Hap Zarzour and so many others have been with us every step of the way, often times going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our comfort and well-being. We are so proud to be a part of this team that also includes Blair’s teammates and their parents, who have been so generous with their care and support.
"We would like to thank our extended family who have loved, mentored, and supported Blair both through the years and especially now when he needs them the most: The Buckley School, Oaks Christian School and AIM High Basketball. We also wish to thank Blair's personal physician -- Dr. Janesri DeSilva -- who has provided valuable guidance and tremendous comfort to our family.
“The doctors, nurses and support staff here at UNC Hospitals have been nothing short of wonderful. We are so thankful for their commitment, dedication and professionalism.
“We firmly believe in the power of prayer, and are confident that everyone’s efforts have made a positive impact on Blair. As we continue focusing our energy towards Blair and our family, we also would like to thank everyone for respecting our privacy as it pertains to his condition.”
During Holliday’s freshman season he was able to get some playing time, catching three passes for 60 yards, but this coming season he was expected to win a starting job.