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  • Blind long snapper Jake Olsen to walk on to USC football team

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago

    It’s been nearly six years since Jake Olsen became an honorary member of the USC football team. In the fall, the “honorary” title will be dropped and, as the Los Angeles Times reported, Olsen will join the team as a walk-on.

    Olsen is an 18-year-old senior long snapper at Orange Lutheran. He has a 4.3 grade average, is a member of the golf team, sang in the school choir, and is blind.

    Olsen was born with retinoblastoma, a rare form of retina cancer. He lost his left eye at 10 months and his right one when he was 12. It was around that time when he became an avid USC fan and met former coach Pete Carroll.

    Olsen’s relationship with Carroll and ultimately the entire USC program was documented in a ESPN College Football Gameday piece in 2013. Olsen never let his blindness hold him back. He learned, thanks to the help of coaches and teammates, to be a long snapper and hit a golf ball. He became an inspiration to nearly everyone who met him. He helped pen two books and is an accomplished motivational speaker.

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