Jake Olson has been blind since he was 12 years old. He lost his left eye as a baby because of a rare form of cancer called retinoblastoma, and he lost his right eye at the age of 12.
He joined the USC Trojans football team as a walk-on long-snapper in the fall of 2015, and a week after the NCAA cleared him to playthat September, he was making snaps in live drills at practice. On Saturday, he finally got to enter a live game in the fourth quarter of USC’s win over Western Michigan.
Olson nailed the snap while his teammates and the crowd went wild.
This is anything but a regular PAT.
Jake Olson, blind since age 12, just snapped for the first time in a live game. https://t.co/amyHcFoVue— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) September 3, 2017
Such a cool moment: USC calls timeout to put in Jake Olson, the Trojans' blind long snapper. Snap was perfect. The XP, right down the middle pic.twitter.com/QJifMTnO5b— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 3, 2017
You should know what Olson isn’t only a long-snapper — he loves other sports too. He said in April of 2016, per USA TODAY Sports:
In addition to his time on the gridiron, Jake also golfs, surfs and plays the guitar. He loves the 17-Mile Drive area and says Pebble Beach is his favorite course — he has played it both with and without sight. One of the many goals Jake has for himself is to play on the PGA Tour.
“I’m of the mindset, and I know it’s a cliché, but where there’s a will there’s a way,” Olson said. “The only person who can limit you is yourself … I don’t think there’s any excuses out there that, if you really want to go do something, should stop you.”
Olson has inspired many with his positive attitude and drive.