America Strong: Jake Olson

Blind boy who inspired USC's football team is now a star on the field himself.
1:58 | 09/08/14

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And finally on this opening weekend of pro football season, one young football fan who rallied an entire team behind him tonight is teaching us how to overcome what appear to be the insurmountable obstacles. Here's ABC's John donvan. Reporter: A story with a good ending you did not see coming was that of Jake Olson, who popped into the news some years ago as the kid fighting eye cancer. We fought so hard and yet cancer wins. Reporter: One eye was gone at ten months old. Then at 12, the doctors told him he would have to lose the other one. I said, "Jake, how you doing buddy? You okay?" And he goes, "Yeah, mom." He goes, "You know what? This is just going to be a new stage of my life." Reporter: And Jake's one wish then, this kid who loved football, was to see one last usc game up close. Well he got the wish. This was Jake Olson's day on the field. But it was not his last. I was going to have to give up that dream of playing on the field. It was something that being blind you couldn't do. Reporter: Five years later now. Look who is snapping the ball. It is Jake. And no, they did not save his eye. He just figured out how to make it work. A high school senior now, Jake makes his way through school with some assists. And the willingness of a coach to let him try. We went through a number of drills and I said, "Oh my gosh, there's no way this kid is ever going to, you know, learn how to snap." Reporter: It wasn't obvious it was going to work. It was figuring out the physical geometry. I clap, so he knows the distance. The left guard taps Jake's leg, and it's whenever Jake wants to snap. Reporter: But Jake got it. Looks like they need him. This teenager, whose feel for the game may be unbeatable. My heart pounds twice as fast every time. And fits the picture of America strong. John donvan, ABC news, Washington.

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