Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Blind man set to play football at Tulane as preferred walk-on
The Tulane Green Wave will welcome Aaron Golub to campus this fall as a preferred walk-on football player. This in and of itself isn't news. But the fact that Golub is legally blind sure is.
The incoming freshman, who was a two-year starter at Newtown South High School in Boston, has no vision in his right eye and only limited sight out of his left. Naturally, it begs the question: How will Golub be able to play college football?
As fate would have it, Golub has developed himself into a pretty solid long snapper, which is arguably the most underappreciated position on the football field. Golub was ranked by 247 Sports as the 12th best long snapper in America and the 19th overall prospect in the state of Massuchusetts.
"Aaron never got frustrated and never gave up," snapping instructor Chris Rubio said. "He shot me text after text, clip after clip, asking which stance looked better, how his form was coming along, what else did he need to work on."
The 18-year-old began long snapping in the summer of 2012 and has not taken a day off since. His persistence and hard work finally paid off when Tulane offered him a spot on the football roster.
"Aaron is a tremendous young man who has not let adversity overcome his desire to fulfill his dreams of playing college football," Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson told CollegeFootballTalk.com.
Via Bleacher Report