Updated 09/16/2012 11:05 AM
Duke receiver Blair Holliday returns to Wallace Wade after accident
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DURHAM—The cheers were extra loud during the devil walk as fans welcomed received Blair Holliday back home.
"We've been so concerned and to see him actually look this great was really wonderful,” said Annegray Harvey, a Duke fan who traveled from Birmingham, Alabama to see the Blue Devils take on NCCU.
This was the first time Holliday returned to campus after a jetski accident in July.
Holliday collided with a teammate and was knocked unconcious.
"It's just devastating to see something happen to a lively, young football player," said Connie Brown, mother of Duke players Kyler and Kelby Brown.
Holliday has been recovering from brain injuries in Atlanta.
Back in Durham, his presence is everywhere as fans proudly wear his number eight.
"It's really brought fans from all over together," said fan Tom Schultz.
The Blair Holliday Recovery Fund was created in his honor to help pay the medical bills.
More than $40,000 dollars has been raised.
"We understand and know what it takes to get through things and we understand what it takes to get through things and that's everyone pulling together to help those who've had less fortunes come into their lives," said Duke alum Dennis Boyles.
Holliday's brother Chase says the support from Blair's Duke family has made all the difference in his recovery.
“It's really nice you know it's a family type of atmosphere which is great for him right now because that's really what he needs in a time like this,
Holliday was also part of the coin toss before kickoff against UNCC.
Duke defeated UNCC 54-17.