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Blind Guy Watches Soccer

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How deaf and blind man experiences World Cup

In this story from September , writer Merrill Balassone introduces us to a young man with an incredible story, a big dream and an even bigger heart. Jake Olson has grown up.

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Now a towering 6-foot-4, Olson is an year-old freshman at USC majoring in business. In yet another dream come true, he will join the Trojan football team as a walk-on long snapper.

Blind USC long-snapper jakethesnakeo at work. FightOn pic.

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After years of treatments, doctors decided they would need to remove his right eye, too. Weeks before the surgery that would blind him, Olson ran with the Trojan football team through the tunnel at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before game time, walked the sideline during games and gave pep talks to the team in the locker room.

He taught himself to excel at the only position he could play without sight — long snapper. A teammate would guide Olson onto the field and square his hips, and the kicker clapped to let Olson know how far back to snap the ball.

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Olson earned a starting spot on the varsity squad. Personal belongings.

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