The Blind Long Snapper

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As noted here many times before, there are tremendous and inspiring stories of the people who fill the role as long snapper at all levels of football.  One such story that has received national attention is that of Jake Olson.  Jake is a high school snapper at Orange Lutheran High School in California.

What makes Jake’s story so unique is that he is blind in both eyes due to cancer.  He became blind in one eye when he was 10 months old.  In 2009, when facing surgery that would blind him in his other eye, Pete Carroll, then the head coach at Olson’s favorite team, USC, brought him to a Trojan practice and game.

Jake could not get football out of his system and figured that long snapping would be a way to get on the field despite his loss of vision.  Four years later, after much hard work and dedication, Jake is snapping for his high school team on placements and was recently featured on ESPN’s College Game Day.

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