USC's blind long snapper Olson grateful after achieving 'lifelong dream'

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USC's Jake Olson, the blind long snapper who saw game action for the first time Saturday, thanked everyone he could a day later for the heap of support he received after realizing a childhood ambition.

"Yesterday I was fortunate enough to achieve a lifelong dream and snap in a game for the USC Trojans," Olson said in a message posted to his Twitter account. "I cannot possibly thank all the people who have played a role in making this happen, but there are some people who I feel deserve special shout-outs. Mom, Dad, and Emma, none of this would have been possible without you guys."

The 20-year-old walk-on entered the contest in the fourth quarter versus Western Michigan, and snapped a perfect ball on an extra-point attempt, helping the Trojans grow their lead to 49-31.

"If you can’t see how God works things out, then I think you're the blind one," he told reporters after the game, per Bill Plaschke of the LA Times.

Olson, who grew up a USC fan, was invited to meet the team in 2009 by then-coach Pete Carroll, who had caught wind of his cancer-ridden story.

In his Twitter post, Olson thanked Carroll for "making me a member of the Trojan Family when I was 12."

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