Jake Olson, showing good form during his first USC practice Photo Credit: cbssports.com
Anyone who doesn’t think this is a most inspirational event is, well…I don’t know what to tell them.
Born with a form of cancer of the retina called retinoblastoma.
Lost one eye and ten months old and the other one at twelve.
Played football and golf for his high school, where he graduated with an outstanding 4.3 grade-point average, earning a “Swim With Mike” scholarship (geared toward physically challenged athletes) to USC.
And as of yesterday, fulfilled a lifelong dream when he suited up in a #17 jersey and reported to Brian Kennedy-Howard Jones Field, USC’s practice facility, with the 8th-ranked Trojans as a long snapper.
The biggest thing about all of this is, according to a Los Angeles Times story, is that Jake Olson, the young man fulfilling his Trojan dream, does not want to be given any special treatment or anything like that.
In fact, the 18-year old has co-written two books about overcoming adversity, which he is evidently an epitome of in addition to being a symbol of the term “Stand Up To Cancer”.
Not to mention “Fight On”.
Which he is clearly doing and has done all his life.
As soon as the NCAA clears him, I certainly hope he gets in a game as I can see him (no pun intended) snapping the ball on extra points if not long field goal attempts, which would be a completely cool thing.
And SoCal Sports Annals definitely joins everyone else – not just the “Trojan Family” – in wishing Jake the best of luck.
The newest Trojan being led to the practice field for a workout Photo Credit: collegespun.com