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Pitt recruit Rori Blair is medical marvel

9/6/2013
Jared Shanker/ESPN

PITTSBURGH -- It is the most nervous Ty Kenney has ever been on a fall Friday night.

"I don't even like to watch what's going on out on the field," Kenney says. "And every time the phone rings at practice you think something is wrong."

Sixteen months ago, a hospital defibrillator was resuscitating his son, Rori Blair, after a near-fatal stroke.

On Aug. 30, though, Kenney was watching Rori, a three-star, Pitt-bound defensive end for Upper St. Clair (Pa.) High, breathe life into his team in his emotional return. It was Rori's second-quarter blocked punt that proved to be the winning play against Pennsylvania's top-ranked team.

Read more from ESPN.com reporter Jared Shanker.