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Tuesday Round-Up: Blind Long Snapper Jake Olson Makes Practice Field Debut for USC Trojans

A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks


Good afternoon, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, Sept. 15 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Blind Long Snapper Makes USC Practice Debut

Jake Olson, a blind long snapper and long-time friend of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, suited up at practice for the USC Trojans for the first time on Tuesday.

Olson, who lost his eyesight in a battle with cancer by age 12, grew up a fan of the Carroll-coached program while living in Orange, California. Before Olson had surgery that would take his eyesight forever, his wish was to attend a Trojans football game. After hearing his story, Carroll answered the call, inviting Olson to USC's practices, into the locker room, and onto the field on gameday. 

"He really just kind of let me be part of the team," Olson said of Carroll. "Just knowing that he cared that much, not only about me, but all kids, people, and in his interactions with the team. That was something that really left kind of a mark in my life.

"Whenever I think about doing stuff for others, I think well, 'What would coach Carroll do?'"

After Carroll left USC to coach the Seahawks, Olson's relationship with the head coach continued. He took trips to Seahawks headquarters, learning to long snap from Seattle long snapper Clint Gresham, and attending a Seahawks game last season at CenturyLink Field, where he signed copies of his book, *Open Your Eyes: 10 Uncommon Lessons to Discover a Happier Life*.

Despite losing his vision, Olson continued to play football as a long snapper in high school, and current Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian allowed Olson to walk-on to the USC football team this past August, with Olson making his practice-field debut on Tuesday. 

Seahawks Team Up For Wildfire Relief

In less than two weeks, the Seahawks, Safeway, Albertsons, and KCPQ raised more than $282,000 (which the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation will match) for charities that support that immediate relief and long-term recovery of those affected by wildfires in the Northwest.

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from @winSeahawks, which invites you to enter a contest where the grand prize will bring you side-by-side with the 12 Flag Raiser at the Seahawks' Dec. 27 game against the St. Louis Rams.

More From Around The Web

Here at, digital media reporter John Boyle shares five takeaways from Pete Carroll's Monday press conference after his team's 34-31 season-opening loss to Rams.

I recap three things we learned from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll's Monday morning segment on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Here's 12 things you probably don't know about Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane.

Danny O'Neil at shares three things we learned and three things we're still trying to figure out after the Seahawks' loss in St. Louis.

Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times offers an early look at Seattle's Week 2 opponent - the Green Bay Packers.

Former NFL quarterback Hugh Millen assesses the Seahawks' season-opening performance for the Seattle Times.

Curtis Crabtree at Sports Radio 950 KJR AM has five takeaways from Sunday's Seahawks game against the Rams.

Rob Rang at reviews the Seahawks' Week 1 matchup.

And Steve Rudman at takes a closer look at what Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett accomplished in his first NFL game.

D*id I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter *

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