Blind California High Schooler Jake Olson Lives Dream by Making Football Team

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2013

ESPN College GameDay featured an inspirational story Saturday about a blind teenager who finally got to live his dream of playing football. 

Jake Olson, who attends Orange Lutheran High School (Calif.), lost his left eye to cancer when he was just 10 months old. Although he fought for 11 years to keep the rest of his vision, he lost his right eye as well, four years ago. A diehard USC fan with a dream of playing the sport he loves, former Trojans coach Pete Carroll brought Olson in to watch practice and a game, which is what he wanted to do before he lost his sight for good.

Once Olson completely lost his sight, it looked like he was never going to be able to take the field. Now, at 16 years old and determined as ever, Olson's dream has true—he made his football team as the long snapper. 

Olson continues to stay positive, which has inspired the Lancers football team.

When College GameDay visited USC this past week, Olson was in attendance with his twin sister and teammates.


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