In 2009, at age 12, he learned he needed surgery to remove his right eye, which would completely cost him his vision.
With 3:13 left on the clock at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday afternoon, USC long-snapper Jake Olson, decked out in his red and gold No. 61 football jersey, trotted out to the field with his teammates.
Olson grew up a fan of the Trojans program and was present for many games, accompanying the team in the tunnel as a guest of the program during the Pete Carroll from time to time.
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And Olson, who lost his left eye before his first birthday, got his shot in the fourth quarter of USC's 49-31 win over Western Michigan.
"I'm trying to say as much as I can, because I just can't believe it yet", he told L.A.
The Trojans had quite a moment late in their game against Western Michigan.
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USC coach Clay Helton had praise for Western Michigan coach Tim Lester, who signed off on Olson's debut.
"After walking onto the team, the 6'4" Olson finally got his opportunity.
After scoring a touchdown to go up, 48-31, USC brought in backup long-snapper Jake Olson to do the extra point. You saw the support and love I got.
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Father Brian Olson said: "It's surreal. That's just something that, when I'm running out there, takes away the nerves".