Duke's Blair Holliday an inspiration to all

Duke receiver Blair Holliday, who is fighting to recover from a severe head injury he suffered in a jet ski accident on July 4, spoke to his coaches and parents on the phone for the first time on Tuesday.

“It was a joyous day in the Yoh Football Center as we had the entire staff in the office for a short phone call with Blair,” coach David Cutcliffe said in a prepared statement. “We had him on speakerphone, and it was just great to hear his voice – a sound that absolutely filled the room with exuberance. We talked about the rehabilitation process and how important it is, and when I asked him if he understood how much we loved him, he responded with a confident ‘yes’.”

Holliday also spoke with his parents, Leslie and Rick, on Tuesday. Holliday was recently taken to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Ga.

“We are so thankful to everyone for their thoughts and prayers,” said Leslie Holliday. “Hearing Blair’s voice was so special. He is fighting through this just like we knew he would, and to have the support of so many family members and friends is just amazing. I told him that I loved him, and to hear the response of ‘I love you too, Mom’, was truly an inspiration.”