On Saturday afternoon, with less than four minutes left in the fourth quarter, USC's head coach Clay Helton called a timeout, the Daily Trojan reports. He called out to sophomore long snapper Jake Olson.
“Are you ready? Let’s get this done.”
Olson's name was introduced over the public-address system, and the crowd roared. A blind man was about to participate in a college football game.
The snap was perfect and the kick was good, and since then, the moment has gone viral.
“What a pressure player,” Helton said. “Was that not a perfect snap? I’m very proud of him. He’s put a ton of work in.”
Olson was diagnosed with retinoblastoma — a cancer of the retina — at birth, and he lost his left eye at 10 months. The cancer came back eight times despite aggressive treatment. At the age of 12, to prevent the cancer from spreading to the brain, he lost his right eye and was completely blind.
But the die-hard USC fan from Huntington Beach hung onto his dream of wearing the Cardinal and Gold. So in high school he learned how to long-snap.
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