Long snapper is one of the more overlooked positions on a football team. There’s nothing glamorous about it. If you do your job correctly, no one notices, but if you screw up, it can have a drastic impact on the outcome of the game.
Long snapper Aaron Golub, a class of 2014 recruit from Newton, Mass., knows about the position all too well. He committed to play college football at Tulane as a preferred walk-on a few months ago.
Long snappers get preferred walk-on spots at schools all the time, but what makes Golub’s story unique is that he is legally blind.
Golub has no vision in his left eye and limited vision in his right. Chris Rubio, Golub’s snapping coach, wrote on his blog that Golub’s vision is comparable to closing one eye and then making “a fist with a hole the size of a dime and put the opening to your eye.”
Even with his limited vision, Golub was the starting long snapper at Newton South High School for the past two seasons. He detailed his journey to CBS Boston, telling reporter Paul Burton that he’s had to learn to adjust to different things that happen on the field.
His coach said that Golub has only had “one bad snap in two years” and that he is “very” accurate.
“If you set your mind to it, then you can do it. There’s nothing that you can’t accomplish if you really want to do it,” Golub said.
Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson told College Football Talk that he is looking forward to Golub’s arrival on campus.
“Aaron is a tremendous young man who has not let adversity overcome his desire to fulfill his dreams of playing college football and we look forward to having him as a part of our football program this fall.”
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