Jake Olson, a blind long-snapper for the USC football program, is one of the most inspirational people in sports. He has overcome the odds to become a member of the Trojans squad and last season he made it onto the field to successfully complete a snap on an extra point conversion.
It was an astonishing accomplishment, and now Olson has added another impressive feat to his resume of life.
On Thursday, the Trojans released a video that shows Olson at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The long-snapper entered a car and proceeded to drive a car for the first time of his life around the track.
It was incredible.
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“It was awesome,” Olson said, via Yahoo Sports. “I told Todd that I had been behind [the wheel of] a car in a parking lot just going maybe 10, 15 miles per hour and just kind of feeling out the brakes … but to be out there on a speedway and obviously one of that stature was amazing and to be able to drive on it was special and we got — on the straightaway we got going to 60 miles per hour. To be behind the wheel of a car going that fast was fun. I don’t know where else you could do that.”
USC opens its 2018 campaign on Sept. 1 against UNLV.