Tulane Long Snapper Becomes First Legally Blind Player to Play in a D-I Game

A Tulane sophomore made history earlier this month by becoming the first legally blind player in a Division I football game.

Earlier this month, Tulane University sophomore Aaron Golub became the first legally blind player to play in an NCAA Division I football game. Entering the game with 8:20 left in the fourth quarter against the University of Central Florida Knights, Golub executed the long snap to teammate Andrew DiRocco for the extra point, putting the Green Wave up 45-17.

Golub was born with a genetic disorder that rendered him completely blind in his right eye. He has limited vision in his left eye. He worked extremely hard in high school, and by his senior year he was ranked 18th best long snapper in the country, receiving offers from Tulane and the University of Illinois.

"Every morning I'm up, he's up in the weight room and he's working and working and working," Tulane coach Curtis Johnson told NOLA.com.

In a press conference after the game, Golub said, "Mentally I was ready. I prepared and I just know that I've done this thousands of times. It was nothing. It's the same as in practice . . . I don't consider my vision being an issue."


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