Jack Hoffman's Touchdown Run Worthy Candidate for Best Moment ESPY

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2013

Photo via USA Today
Photo via USA Today

Jack Hoffman should be an inspiration to everyone and an ESPY award winner. 

The seven-year-old boy, who has bravely battled brain cancer, became something of a national celebrity when he was given the opportunity to run the ball at Nebraska's spring football game. The resulting 69-yard touchdown run was the most heart-warming moment of the year. 

Hoffman, who had been battling the cancer since 2011, was in the middle of a two-week break from a 60-week chemotherapy program. He sent the crowd of more than 60,000 fans in Memorial Stadium into a frenzy with his moves as he broke the big play at the end of the game. 

Now the memorable run is up for the "Best Moment" ESPY—the award given to the best moment in sports for the year. 

Other candidates include Andy Murray breaking through to win the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Alex Morgan's winning goal against Canada in the 2012 Summer Olympics semifinal match against Canada and Chuck Pagano's return to the Indianapolis Colts after his own bout with leukemia.

Those all might be considered more traditional contenders for the award. Just Murray's and Morgan's were moments that actually happened on the field of play.

Pagano's and Hoffman's plays transcended sports—they were great life moments that inspired us all. Pagano's battle with cancer rallied an entire fanbase and organization to make a run to the playoffs. Hoffman showed the incredible strength that it takes to battle adversity with a smile, impacting players like Rex Burkhead along the way. 

Recently, Hoffman celebrated his last session of chemotherapy at the College World Series, per the Omaha World Herald.

It remains to be seen if the last session means that Hoffman's battle is over. His tumor is inoperable, and according to the Omaha World Herald's report, follow-up MRIs will be a frequent occurrence.

But it's hard to think of a better way to celebrate the seven-year-old's most recent triumph than seeing him accept the award in Los Angeles as thanks for his unrelenting spirit. 


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