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PublixSubs
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Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
Not sure if this was mentioned in the multi game thread, but thought it deserved its own.

LINK


saturday
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
Legally blind or blind blind?


PublixSubs
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
Since the age of 12.


CE Tiger
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
This kid has been on the make you cry segment of game day for years


LSUShock
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
I knew who this thread was about before I ever clicked on it. So awesome. Hope that young man earns his degree from a school with the caliber of USC.


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saturday
Cal State Fullerton Fan
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
That's absolutely awesome. Wow


PublixSubs
Miami (OH) Fan
NYC
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
I want to make the joke, "I had not seen that." But seems shitty, especially since I already posted a blind link.


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TT
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
If he's blind blind, he's still legally blind. He'll, how do you get illegally blind?


pioneerbasketball
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
I didn't see it mentioned earlier.


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mizzoubuckeyeiowa
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
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Legally blind or blind blind?


He had both eyes removed - one at 10 months old and one at 12 years old, so I'd assume he's blind blind.

He was on Gameday and Tom Rinaldi a couple of times during the Pete Caroll years.


onelochevy
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
Yea, he was on the make a wish deal years ago, before he had the last surgery that took his last eye. Dude was a huge USC fan and it's awesome that he made the team.


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kywildcatfanone
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
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That's absolutely awesome. Wow


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hsfolk
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
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Legally blind or blind blind?



Stevie Wonder blind


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SCLibertarian
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
Jake Olson. They did a Gameday segment on him when he was in middle school and then did a follow up on him while a few years later. Great story all around.


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LSUTANGERINE
Southern Cal Fan
Baton Rouge LA
Member since Sep 2006
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
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Legally blind or blind blind?

As in he has no real eyes. Both removed due to cancer.
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Olson was born with retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer, and lost his left eye when he was 10 months old. In 2009, at age 12, he learned he needed surgery to remove his right eye, which would completely cost him his vision.

Around that time, the lifelong USC fan developed close ties with the Trojans program, coached then by Pete Carroll. Olson traveled with the team for a game at Notre Dame and spent the night before his surgery at USC watching practice.
This post was edited on 9/2 at 9:04 pm


BowDownToLSU
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
My best friend is blind and it's a tough life


SCLibertarian
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Member since Aug 2013
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
The cynic in me usually sees a story like this and thinks publicity stunt. It is so refreshing to see Southern Cal fully embrace this kid throughout the years.


LSUTANGERINE
Southern Cal Fan
Baton Rouge LA
Member since Sep 2006
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
This is a short 6:59 segment on him dating back to early childhood and when Pete Carroll and the team took him under their wings.

LINK

He spent the last night before his surgery to remove his remaining eye with the Trojans. Six days after the surgery, he was back on the practice field cheering on USC.

But well worth it

Post game interview with him
This post was edited on 9/2 at 9:36 pm


East Coast Band
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
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My best friend is blind and it's a tough life


Deaf people are now getting opportunities with cochlear implants.
I hope that something can happen for blind people.

I wish I was smart enough to be a doctor or researcher and cure "blindness".


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LSUGrad9295
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re: Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind
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Southern Cal's backup long snapper is blind


He might have a career calling balls and strikes in MLB games.



But back to the subject at hand, that dude has more courage and determination in his little finger than I have in my entire body. All the best to him.


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