Nebraska Spring Game: 7-Year-Old Cancer Patient Scores Touchdown

By Connor Muldowney

If you’re into feel-good stories, this one may make you smile right out of your seat.

Jack Hoffman is a seven-year-old boy that loves football. Nebraska football to be exact. However, this is no ordinary boy: Jack has brain cancer.

You may be thinking, how can horrible things happen to such young, innocent lives, but that’s not what this story is about.

Jack has had a history with the Nebraska program as he was taken in almost as a brother to each of the teammates. They even started a campaign to raise money for him that went by the name ‘Team Jack’. Rex Burkhead took him under his wing two years ago and they became instant friends.

Now, the seven-year-old was on the sideline for the Red-White Spring Game dressed as one of the players — his new brothers. Jack joined the red squad as a running back, a late addition, and did something that captured the hearts of thousands.

Hoffman took a hand-off from quarterback Taylor Martinez, who directed the young ball-carrier where to go, and Jack did the rest. He got the edge on the Nebraska defense and the rest was history. Jack raced 69 yards for the game’s final score. The boy was living a dream and he deserved it.

As he was crossing into the endzone, players from both sidelines raced to celebrate with him as if they had won the national championship. This is something that little Jack will never forget and something that fans will never get sick of seeing.

If there was ever a moment that you think the most of a university after giving back to the community, this is it. They even honored young Jack on their athletic site,

“The Reds put the icing on the cake of their Spring Game win with a special moment midway through the fourth quarter. Jack Hoffman, a seven-year-old from Atkinson, Neb., battling a rare form of brain cancer, sprinted 69 yards to the game’s final score with the starting Red offensive unit paving the way.”

They even named Hoffman the game’s leading rusher with 69 yards. What an honor for such a special young kid.

Connor Muldowney is a College Football writer for Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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