For many, playing football at a Division I program like USC is a childhood dream. But given how competitiveness, circumstance, and positional need, many of those dreams go unrealized.
For Jake Olson, playing for a Power Five conference was the least of his obstacles.
Olson was forced to have both eyes removed in separate surgeries, twelve years apart from each other as a child. The first one was removed the he was only a baby, but doctors were able to save the other eye. That’s how his love for USC football was able to flourish.
Olson loved the team, and after being given the news that his cancer had returned and he’d have to have his other eye removed, was invited to spend time with Pete Carrol and his USC Trojans.
Fast-forward an entire adolescence, and Olson is now the long-snapper on the USC football team. He made his first appearance in week one of last seasons game.
Check out the spotlight that ESPN did on him:
The fact that he was able to play at the high school level is incredibly impressive. Never mind the fact that he was able to get on the field for a PAC 12 team.
It’s incredible the obstacles that people can overcome when they truly want someone.