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USC's Blind Long-Snapper, Jake Olson, Gets The Extra Point

03 September 2017

In 2009, at age 12, he learned he needed surgery to remove his right eye, which would completely cost him his vision.

A college football player who has been blind since age 12 snapped for a successful extra point Saturday, helping the University of Southern California to a 49-31 victory against Western Michigan.

Olson joined the USC football team in 2015 and has had a long relationship with the football program, dating back to the Pete Carroll era. The stadium roars and his teammates crowd him. A pick six on Western Michigan's next possession would be the final nail in the Broncos' coffin.

Late in 2014, USC agreed to pay Western Michigan $1.2 million to come west and play the Trojans in their 2017 season opener.

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"I just have to continue to take steps forward until everyone is on board and some of those doubts that I know some coaches have are gone", he said.

Olson, with the help of the umpire and his teammates, got lined up and delivered a flawless snap for a 49-31 advantage and final score. "Then tonight I can look at videos and get all emotional over it". He's worked his way onto the USC team and has an eventual goal of starting. "I'm waiting to have more opportunities to show the coaches that I have the talent to go out there and snap". And it's clear just how much the moment meant to the entire USC squad after Olson perfectly executed the snap for the extra point.

Their chief concern, Olson said, is his safety, but he's quick to counter as to why it shouldn't be.

USC's Blind Long-Snapper, Jake Olson, Gets The Extra Point