Upper St. Clair football player Rori Blair comes back a year after stroke sidelines him

Written by Mike White on .

Post-Gazette writer Mike White profiles Upper St. Clair’s Rori Blair, who has returned to the football field after suffering a stroke last year. Read his story here.


"Rori Blair catches a pass, turns his chiseled 6-foot-3, 225-pound body to the right and briskly runs past a defender. As the 18-year-old repeats similar plays again and again during an Upper St. Clair football workout this past week, his father watches near the end zone of the field, realizing again how his son is beating the odds.

"Are we lucky that he's here?" Ty Kenney said, leaning against a fence and gazing out at his son. "I think it's more than luck. I think it's really a blessing."

Rori Blair has a real comeback story -- in the game of life.

It is hard to believe this is the same kid who only a year ago had to be resuscitated with paddles and chest compressions at a hospital after he flatlined from complications a few days after suffering a stroke. The youngster who was such a strong and vibrant athlete had trouble walking after the stroke, lost 50 pounds, spent a month in a hospital and another month in a rehabilitation center."

(Photo: Upper St. Clair's Rori Blair today. A year ago, he was fighting for his life after suffering a stroke. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)