How is a blind football long snapper playing NCAA Football?

Jake Olson has been blind since age 12. On Saturday, he successfully played long-snapper position for the USC Trojans.

Tzvi Lev,

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Football (illustration)
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Jake Olson has been blind since having both of his eyes removed at age 12 due to Retinoblastoma (a cancer of the retina). On Saturday, his dream came true when he entered the game as a long snapper and participated in an extra point as part of USC’s 49-31 victory over Western Michigan.

After a Trojans touchdown, Olson hiked the ball to Schmidt, who put it in place for the kick by Chase McGrath. The sidelines erupted in dancing after the kick went through the uprights.

Olson had always been a fan of the USC Trojans, one of the United States's top college football programs, and delayed the surgery for removing his eyes in order to see one final Trojans game.

Coach Pete Carroll made him an 'honorary Trojan', and let Olson join the team as a walk-on. After two years of waiting, Olson finally got his chance to play in a real-live game.

"It was an awesome feeling, something that I'll remember forever" Olson told the Associated Press. Getting to snap at USC as a football player, I'm trying to say as much as I can, because I can't quite believe it yet."




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