Blind USC football player executes perfect snap in game debut

By Amy Held | NPR

Jake Olson cannot see but he felt his moment of triumph Saturday with absolute clarity.

The blind 20-year-old executed a perfect snap for an extra point in the last three minutes of the University of Southern California’s game against Western Michigan.

USC won 49-31.

As the ball sailed between the uprights, the stadium erupted in cheers. Olson’s teammates grabbed him in bear hugs.

“I just loved being out there. It was an awesome feeling, something that I will remember forever,” Olson said.

After USC’s Marvin Tell III returned an interception for a touchdown making the score 48-31, USC Coach Clay Helton turned to Olson and asked if he was ready to get in, reports ESPN.

Olson said he was ready.

A teammate helped guide him onto the field. He crouched into position and snapped the ball for the successful kick.

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