Blind USC Long Snapper Jake Olson Named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week (Tweet)
USC long snapper Jake Olson has had a pretty great week. On Saturday the sophomore made his first ever in-game appearance for the Trojans, coming on late in the 4th quarter against Western Michigan and executing a perfect snap on an extra point. On Tuesday the Pac-12 conference officially named Olson their special teams player of the week.
This is a big deal, of course, because Jake Olson is blind.
A lifelong USC fan, Jake lost his eyesight at the age of 12 as the result of cancer. In 2009, then-Trojans coach Pete Carroll heard about Jake’s story and brought him to campus to meet the team. That visit changed Olson’s life.
Inspired and encouraged by coach Carroll, Jake served as the long snapper on his high school football team. Then, when he enrolled at USC, he tried out for the football team and made the cut. However, until Saturday’s opener against Western Michigan he only appeared in spring games.
Take a look at this:
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) September 3, 2017
After the game, Olson took to Twitter to thank all his supporters, including his parents, his sister, his high school coaches, and of course Pete Carroll:
Thanks for all the love and support Trojan Nation! See below for a longer statement. Beat The Farm! pic.twitter.com/RXZKBz1r5U
— Jake Olson (@JakeOlson61) September 3, 2017
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) September 5, 2017
Hat Tip – [theScore]