USC’s Blind Long Snapper Jake Olson Makes Successful Debut

By Jeremy Woo for

USC long snapper Jake Olson—who is blind—made his debut in the Trojans’ Week 1 win over Western Michigan, successfully snapping for USC’s final extra point of the game.

Olson has been blind since the age of 12, and had never played in a live football game before Saturday. He completed a neat snap and ended the Trojans’ game on a meaningful note, subbing in to help USC come back and win 49–31.

Reflecting on the moment Sunday, Olson called his appearance a “lifelong dream.”

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