Tulane made history in the fourth quarter on Saturday when legally blind Aaron Golub snapped for an extra point against UCF.
Golub, a sophomore walk-on from Newtown, Mass, became the first legally blind player to participate in an NCAA football game.
His snap was on target, and the Green Wave converted the extra point to take a 45-17 lead with 8:20 left on the way to a 45-31 victory.
“It was a great opportunity,” Golub said. “I’m happy they gave me a shot, and it just felt great.”
Golub joined the team before last season but did not play until Saturday. He and Southern California long snapper Jake Olson, who became a member of the Trojans this year, are the only legally blind players in college football.
“The reason why I played him is he works so hard every day,” Tulane coach Curtis Johnson said. “Every morning I’m up early and he’s in the weight room and he’s working out. I’d like to play him as much as I can, because that’s what you do. You reward kids who work.”
Golub, who prefers not to talk about his vision, played down the significance of the moment.
“Mentally I was ready,” he said. “I just know that I’ve done it thousands of times, and it’s just nothing. It’s the same as in practice. I don’t consider my vision being an issue.”