Jake Olson has been an honorary member of the USC football team for six years. Now he’s getting a chance to be an official member of the Trojans.
Olson, who lost both of his eyes by age 12, has involved with the team since meeting Pete Carroll six years ago. A high school long snapper and owner of a ridiculous 4.3 GPA, he’s being invited to walk on to the powerhouse. And all indications are that he’ll one day see the field.
Steve Sarkisian, USC’s football coach, wouldn’t be surprised if a movie were made about Olson’s journey.
Contributing to an extra point or field goal for the Trojans could be part of the story.
“Someday, he’s going to snap in a game for us,” Sarkisian said. “When? I don’t know. But it will happen.
“When that day comes, it will be awesome.”
Carroll would not be surprised. “I can’t even fathom what an extraordinary thing that would be,” he said.
Olson is not expecting special treatment.
“Just the opportunity,” he said, “to prove myself like anyone else.”
Olson’s inspiring story was chronicled in this 2013 College GameDay feature.
Be warned: you’ll need a moment to compose yourself after watching.
What an awesome turn of events. I think I speak for everyone — including UCLA Bruins fans — when I say we’re all rooting for Olson to get a chance to shine. After all, he’s more than earned it.
[H/T: Los Angeles Times]