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Tulane to give blind long snapper a walk-on shot

Andrew Golub

Unbelievably, there’s yet another heartwarming story connected to the game of college football to post about, and, just as it was a couple of days ago, Tulane again plays a starring role in it.

Earlier this offseason, Andrew Golub of Newton, Mass., agreed to become a preferred walk-on at Tulane.  While long snappers, especially walk-ons, aren’t usually fodder here, Golub’s circumstances are quite unique and deserving of the spotlight.

As it happens, Golub has no vision at all in his left eye and very limited vision in his right.  For reference as to the challenges the player faces in life in general and football specifically, his private snapping instructor, Chris Rubio, wrote on his blog to “close one eye and then make a fist with a hole the size of a dime and put the opening to your eye… that is Aaron’s continuous view.”

Despite being legally blind, Golub played on his high school team the past two seasons, and played well enough that it caught the attention of the Tulane coaching staff. In March, Golub became a Green Wave preferred walk-on, thus fulfilling a lifelong dream of the player’s.

If you set your mind to it you can do it. There’s nothing you can’t accomplish if you really want to do it,” Golub said according to WBZ-TV in Boston.

In a statement to CFT, head coach Curtis Johnson praised his new player for overcoming adversity and continuing to chase his dream.

“Aaron is a tremendous young man who has not let adversity overcome his desire to fulfill his dreams of playing college football and we look forward to having him as a part of our football program this fall,” Johnson said.

Good luck and God bless, young man. You deserve it.

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9 Responses to “Tulane to give blind long snapper a walk-on shot”
  1. musketmaniac says: May 20, 2014 6:37 PM

    Maybe he should drive the team bus.

  2. udub says: May 20, 2014 6:48 PM

    The NCAA just can’t stop. They’ve already exploited the able bodied ‘student-athletes’ enough. Now they’re going to make the blind slaves too????

  3. peopletrains says: May 20, 2014 7:23 PM

    If that doesn’t work out he can always find a job refereeing.

  4. ryanw822 says: May 20, 2014 9:13 PM

    Coming in Summer of 2017, Warner Bros Studios presents a heart warming story of a strong-willed kid who wouldnt give up on his dreams.

    The Blindside 2. Coming to theaters near you.

  5. texasbornlsufan says: May 20, 2014 10:12 PM

    The 4 of you that posted this crap above me are idiots! In the words of Nick Saban YOU CAN KISS MY ASS!
    Good luck young man live your dreams!

  6. dhardy8207 says: May 21, 2014 8:31 AM

    Unbelievable!…Where is the joy on this thread for a young man that has had a life long dream of playing football!. Any other time I’m sure you morons that posted above (with the exception of texasbornlsufan) would be kicking a blind person because they can’t work and living off public assistance. What idiots!!!

    Good luck to this youngster. I think it speaks volumes for the coaches and the team to allow him this opportunity!

  7. musketmaniac says: May 21, 2014 1:48 PM

    fact, football is dirty. fact defensive lineman have something very disturbing about them. at the bottom of the pile they will take his vision as weakness and they will do what the truly sick people have taught them there entire life, exploit weakness, destroy weakness, don’t be part of weakness. Tulane does this boy NO FAVORS.

  8. scbaby2013 says: May 22, 2014 12:18 AM

    Good for them for giving him a try…living the dream

  9. peddealer says: May 22, 2014 9:32 PM

    I hope he makes it to the NFL in some freakish way, and the people making fun of him are stuck forever eating boogers and drinking spit, while watching non stop footage of him deep snapping!

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