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Blind football player has shot at making the team for Tulane Green Wave

Aaron Golub is legally blind, but he was still the starting long snapper for his high-school football team.
By Evan Bleier   |   May 23, 2014 at 9:14 AM   |   Comments

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NEWTON, Mass., May 23 (UPI) -- Despite facing long odds, a legally blind football player from Massachusetts has a good shot at playing at the next level at Tulane University this fall.

Aaron Golub was the starting long snapper at Newton South High School for the past two seasons despite having no vision in his left eye and very limited vision in his right -- a view that can be replicated by making a "fist with a hole the size of a dime and put[ting] the opening to your eye."

The 17-year-old boy didn't let that impairment stop him from becoming one of the most accurate long snappers in the country.

"In football long snapping is one of the most important positions on the field so he felt he could do it," Newton South coach Ted Dalicandro told CBS Boston. "He's only had one bad snap in the last two years he's snapped for us. He's best long snapper I've seen on the high school level."

Golub's play was strong enough to catch the attention of Tulane Green Wave coach Curtis Johnson, and he was offered the chance to be a preferred walk-on at the Division 1 school.

"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 in a statement to College Football Talk.

"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.

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