Blair Holliday is one of six to receive the Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award this year. The award, according to NBCSports.com, is given every year to “those who have overcome great personal, academic and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics.”
It’s named for Rudolph, who overcame childhood polio to win three Olympic gold old metals in 1960.
Holliday was a sophomore wide receiver going into the 2012 season when he suffered traumatic brain injury due to a jet-skiing accident with his teammate during the 4th of July that summer. He was in the UNC hospital for a month and had to go to rehab to re-learn how to perform basic tasks of everyday life all over again.
Holliday would’ve likely been a starting wide receiver in that 2012 season.
Blair has made great Strides since that day in 2012, and the 2015 will make the third year for him as an undergraduate assistant under head coach David Cutcliffe.
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