Jack Hoffman scores a 69 yard touchdown in the 2013 Nebraska Spring Game

Editors Note:  by Scott McLaughlin.

Yesterday I was part of a most amazing moment.  I was privileged to be in attendance at the 2013 Spring Game as a mentor with TeamMates.  TeamMates made it possible for Kearney TeamMates Mentors and TeamMates Students to travel to the Huskers Spring Game.  

Only in Nebraska would a scrimmage draw 60,174 to watch their favorite son’s, but the most touching moment occurred with just over six minutes remaining in the game.  Seven-year-old Jack Hoffman checked in as a running back.  Wearing Rex Burkhead’s #22 jersey Jack lined up in the backfield to the left flank of one of his biggest heros, Taylor Martinez.  Martinez took the snap, handed the ball to the brain cancer survivor, then led the blocking to the right side as Jack ran untouched (and uncontested) for a 69-yard touchdown.  Watch the video below.

This was one of the great moments I have ever witnessed in ANY game, and I wanted to share it with you.


‘It felt awesome’… watch the heartwarming video of seven-year-old cancer patient scoring a touchdown for heroes Nebraska

Jack Hoffman in the 2013 Nebraska Spring Game

He may have been competing against men twice his height and more than that in weight, but seven-year-old Jack Hoffman regardless proved himself capable of scoring a 69-yard touchdown for his heroes the Nebraska Huskers.

The seven-year-old is a passionate Nebraska fan and is sadly battling brain cancer.

He has been close to their running back Rex Burkhead since last season and yesterday participated for the Reds in the annual Red-White Spring Game in front of a crowd of 60,174, playing during the fourth quarter and wearing the full kit without pads.

Jack Hoffman in the 2013 Nebraska Spring Game   Jack Hoffman in the 2013 Nebraska Spring Game

‘It felt awesome,’ Hoffman said afterwards. ‘Really awesome’.

The seven-year-old was diagnosed with cancer in April 2011 and has had two surgeries since, and he is now undertaking a two-week break from a 60-week chemotherapy course.

‘It was a lot of emotions right at once,’ said Hoffman’s father Andy. ‘Very emotional to see that. Husker fans have been so incredible to Jack and our family and especially to this cause.’

Jack Hoffman with a 69 yard touchdown in the 2013 Nebraska Spring Game

Reposted from dailymail.co.uk
By MIKE DAWES
PUBLISHED: 07:30 EST, 7 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:31 EST, 7 April 2013
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