Blind Long Snapper gets a shot at the next level

by Jeff Fisher

Orange Lutheran Lancers footballOf all of the interviews I’ve done over 40 years, covering high school football, the Jake Olsen interview may be the most memorable.

Jake, who is completely blind, appeared on our October 3, 2013 radio show to talk about being the long snapper on the Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, California) football team.  Jake’s determination was only superseded by his energy and enthusiasm for life when we talked about his dream of one day playing at USC.

That dream is coming a bit closer, according to the LA Times.  The newspaper is reporting that Olsen will attend USC on a scholarship through the Swim with Mike program that helps disabled athletes go to college.  Olsen will try to make the Trojans as a walk-on.

In the story, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian is quoted as saying this about Olsen — “Someday, he’s going to snap in a game for us. When? I don’t know. But it will happen. … When that day comes, it will be awesome.”

Below you can listen to my 2013 interview with Olsen.

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.