Jake Olson, former USC long snapper who is blind, thanks Clay Helton in touching tweet

Olson caught the attention of the national college football audience in 2017 when he delivered a flawless snap for USC on a point-after attempt. Olson lost his left eye to a rare form of retinal cancer when he was 10 几个月大, and he completely lost his eyesight in 2009 当他是 12 岁. He has been around USC’s program since Pete Carroll was the head coach of the Trojans.

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He snapped for his high school team in Orange County, 加利福尼亚州, walking to the line with his hands on his teammates before taking care of his job. After enrolling at USC, he joined the Trojans in practice in 2015 on a special scholarship, repeatedly delivering strong snaps in workouts.

It was under Helton when he got the chance to play.


Olson tweeted Monday he was excited for the future but thanked Helton for allowing him to step onto the field.

Sometimes change is necessary and in this case it absolutely was and I’m hopeful and excited for what the future holds to get SC back to glory! I also want to pay respects to a man who truly loved SC and who I know gave 110% every day he worked there. Now let’s all Fight On!” 他发了推文.

I also want to thank Helton for fielding the first completely blind college football player. He didn’t listen to those who said I didn’t belong on the field but saw me as just another one of his players who had to prove my worth through my football ability not my physical ability.

USC fired Helton two games into the 2021 季节.

他是 46-24 as the Trojans’ head coach.