Born with no sight in his right eye and limited vision in his left, Aaron Golub will join the Green Wave football team as a walk-on deep snapper for the 2014 season.
May 22, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The path to playing college football can be a daunting one, even for the most talented of student-athletes. Sometimes, there are questions about one's size. Sometimes there are questions of how high one's ceiling may be. For deep snapper Aaron Golub, those are mere inconveniences.
Legally blind with no sight in his right eye and limited vision in his left, Golub drew the attention of the Green Wave coaching staff and will join the program in the fall as a preferred walk-on.
"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 said. "We look forward to having him as a part of our football program this fall."
A 6-2, 195-pound native of Newtown, Mass., Golub decided at an early age to defy the odds and live out his dream. He started playing football in the seventh grade at Oak Hill Middle School where he saw time at center and defensive end. Golub loved the game and worked hard each day to carve his niche on the gridiron.
It was not until the conclusion of his sophomore year at Newton South High School that he set his mind on making it to the collegiate ranks.
"I've always loved sports, especially football, and I just decided that I really wanted to play," Golub said. "During my sophomore year in high school, I decided that I really wanted to try and play in college. I learned more about long snapping and decided that this could be the way to make it to the college level, so I worked at it, went to some camps and have been able to do that."
He lettered during his final two prep seasons for coach Ted Dalicandro and attended several camps sponsored by long-snapping guru Chris Rubio. Along the way, he was tabbed "Top Performer" at three of those camps and wound up garnering two-star status, a 70 player rating and the No. 18 long snapper ranking in the nation by 247Sports.com. In addition, Golub earned four-star honors from RubioLongSnapping.com.
His performance at the prep level persuaded Dalicandro to create a team Courage Award, which Golub earned as a junior in 2012. Golub actually had two Division I offers, and chose Tulane over an opportunity to play at the University of Illinois.
"I just felt that Tulane was the better fit," Golub said. "I liked the school better and I felt that I have a better chance to compete there. It was just a better atmosphere for me. I liked the team when I visited and I thought I had a better shot of competing for the spot. My goal is to win the starting job. It's going to be a tough road, but I'm not going to sell myself short."
While much has been made of Golub's journey to his current situation, being featured in several local and national media outlets, he is quick to deflect the attention. In fact, he almost shuns it.
"I like to think of myself as just another one of the guys," Golub added. "I know some people may see me as a role model and I've already accepted that. Personally, I don't like all the attention that goes with this story but a lot of people have wanted me to talk about it.
"I haven't really liked all the attention that's come with it. That's just the type of person I am. But people have wanted me to do it and show other kids what they can do, too, so I'm willing to do it."