7-Year-Old Cancer Patient Runs for TD at Nebraska Spring Game

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistApril 7, 2013

Nebraska football fans are anticipating big things from returning stars like Taylor Martinez, but it was seven-year-old Jack Hoffman who stole the show in the team's spring game Saturday in Lincoln.

Hoffman, who has been fighting brain cancer since 2011, was given the opportunity to run the ball before more than 60,000 in attendance at Memorial Stadium. He sent the crowd into a frenzy when he scampered 69 yards for the touchdown. 

Former Cornhuskers running back Rex Burkhead befriended Hoffman in 2011 and has been an ardent supporter of Jack ever since. Hoffman is a fan of Burkhead, too. He made sure that he donned Burkhead's No. 22 for his big moment. 

Since being diagnosed in 2011, Jack has endured two surgeries and is currently on a two-week break from a 60-week chemotherapy regimen.

But on Saturday, he had an opportunity to live out every kid's dream during the spring game.

The team's reaction to Hoffman's touchdown run was a sight to see. Players on defense and offense surrounded him in the end zone, making the goosebumps-inducing moment even more memorable.

With screaming fans, genuinely excited players and passionate commentators, this serves as a reminder of how powerful sports can be. It was a very classy move by Nebraska. 


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