On Saturday, the USC football team gave the nation an incredible moment when head coach Clay Helton sent blind long snapper Jake Olson onto the field to make his Trojans debut.
Olson snapped the ball on the team’s final extra point of the game.
It was a perfect snap and the kick was good, as USC locked up a 49-31 victory.
After digesting the moment, Olson took to social media on Sunday morning to issue a lengthy, emotional statement thanking everyone who has helped him along the way. It was a dream come true for Olson, and his statement gets that across.
Olson’s full statement can be seen below:
“Yesterday I was fortunate enough to achieve a lifelong dream and snap in a game for the USC Trojans. I cannot possibly thank all the people who have played a role in making this happen, but there are some people who I feel deserve special shout-outs. Mom, Dad, and Emma, none of this would have been possible without you guys. You have always been there for me, and there is simply no way I would be where I am today without your love and support. I am beyond blessed t have such an amazing family.
Coaches Helton and Baxter, thank you for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to show what I can do. You push me every day on the field, and I am lucky to have you as coaches and mentors. To all my teammates, especially my special teams unit, thank you for being there for me and allowing me to feel so comfortable as a member of the team. To my friends, thank you for always supporting me and helping me get where I need to go. To Coach Carroll, none of this would have been possible without you. If you hadn’t made me a member of the Trojan Family when I was 12, I don’t know where my life would be. You are a special person, and I will be forever thankful for your generosity. Yesterday was a big day in my life, and I am hoping it’s the first of many, so stay tuned. Thank you everyone. It means the world to me knowing that I can and have inspired many through this experience. Fight On!”
It truly was one of the greatest moments we will see this season, and hopefully it won’t be the last time Olson gets onto the field.
USC returns to action next Saturday at home against Saturday. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX.
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