By age 12, he had to have both his eyes removed, but that didn't stop him from pursuing his athletic dreams.
Southern California long snapper Jake Olson leads the USC Trojan Marching Band following an NCAA college football game against Western Michigan, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Los Angeles.
Olson was born with retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer, and he lost his left eye when he was 10 months old.
Olson, whose journey has been well-documented, knew earlier in the week he was going to get the opportunity (to snap in a spring game), but fought back tears as he was guided onto the field. A pick six on Western Michigan's next possession would be the final nail in the Broncos' coffin.
The Trojans had quite a moment late in their game against Western Michigan.
. Make no mistake, this wasn't your vanilla extra point in the waning moments of a 49-31 Trojans victory. The lifelong Trojans fan joined the team under a scholarship for disabled athletes and began to practice with the Trojans two years ago. "I love the game of football, I love the camaraderie that goes on within a team and just being out there and playing the great game".
Their chief concern, Olson said, is his safety, but he's quick to counter as to why it shouldn't be. "That's just something that, when I'm running out there, takes away the nerves".