Upper St. Clair head coach Jim Render is thrilled to have Rori Blair back on the football field. In all reality, Render is simply happy to have Blair back, period, all football aside.
"I'm just happy the young man is alive," Upper St. Clair head coach Jim Render said. "Anything he does beyond that is wonderful.
"It was nice to see Rori make a block (punt). That was a big play. He was very quick off the edge."
After suffering a life threatening stroke in April of 2012, Blair was forced to miss the following school year and football season, which would have been his senior year. He was granted an extra year of eligibility by the PIAA. He caught up with the school work he missed. Friday night, his first action in nearly two years, he made an impact from the first defensive series he was in.
"Great practice, great team, good play," Blair said, nonchalantly after his first game back. "Pretty much, you just start off reading your team. I didn't start off that great (in the game), then once I figured out what (Woodland Hills) was doing, I just started doing my thing."
Blair was offered by Pittsburgh over the summer. It didn't take much time for him to decide he wanted to be a Panther. He also went to the home opener against Florida State on Monday night. Despite Pitt's loss, he says it was just a good opportunity to see the team in action.
"I haven't been to any practices or anything, just our practices," Blair said. "I'm only worried about our team right now. Pitt, once I get there, then I'll be worried about them."