Video: Brain cancer patient, 7, runs for memorable TD

Remember Jack Hoffman? He’s the young Nebraska fan who’s battling brain cancer and has formed a special bond with Nebraska legend Rex Burkhead. We featured Hoffman, 7, and his friendship with Burkhead on last year’s “The Journey,” a segment included in this post.

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Hoffman attended Saturday’s Red-White Spring Game, and he turned out to be the day’s biggest star. Midway through the fourth quarter, Hoffman lined up in the backfield and took it all the way to the house (video above).

That’s some special stuff, isn’t it?

“Oh, there truly is no place like Nebraska,” BTN color commentator Damon Bening said, as the Huskers lifted Hoffman onto their shoulders in the end zone.

This is what spring games should be about. Well done, Huskers!

Here’s the Hoffman segment from last year’s “The Journey”

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cdmyers00 on 4/6/2013 @ 6:08pm EDT Said:

Reblogged this on CD Myers' writing blog and commented:
Yeah, I love being from Nebraska – when something like this happens.

Speez on 4/6/2013 @ 6:57pm EDT Said:

Props to our rivals in Nebraska, Hawkeyes_24x7

ukeone on 4/6/2013 @ 7:02pm EDT Said:

“69 yards!!! Way to go, little SUPER DUDE!!!”…and mega-thanks, Huskers.

JG from Mad-towne on 4/6/2013 @ 8:08pm EDT Said:

Bucky Fan here. AM a Nebraska fan on non-UW games. Your Fans are a class act and this only adds to your Legacy. Great Job

Nick Myer on 4/6/2013 @ 8:11pm EDT Said:

Makin’ the B1G proud, Huskers! Much love from The Buckeye State!

tommy smith on 4/6/2013 @ 8:20pm EDT Said:


Chris Jones on 4/6/2013 @ 9:12pm EDT Said:

That is the most Awesome gift to a kid that I have ever seen.
He will remember that for the rest of his long life.

richard lucangioli on 4/6/2013 @ 9:55pm EDT Said:

proud to be a husker

Ryan Nearhood on 4/6/2013 @ 10:32pm EDT Said:

Buckeye fan all the way, but man Nebraska has a class act football team. Props to them!

Angie Shaw on 4/6/2013 @ 11:14pm EDT Said:

This video embodies the spirit of Husker nation! Well done Jack! Keep running towards the goal!! =0)

krazydandelion on 4/6/2013 @ 11:15pm EDT Said:

This video embodies the spirit of what it means to tackle cancer! Well done, Jack! Keep running towards that end-zone!

Karyn on 4/6/2013 @ 11:27pm EDT Said:

My 9 year old grandson Caleb was there for Jack’s touchdown and he says
“Great run Jack. Huskers rock!”

GO NITTANY LIONS! on 4/6/2013 @ 11:28pm EDT Said:

I have watched this 3 times and keep showing everyone I see. Simply awesome. Very classy Nebraska! GREAT JOB!

Kevin on 4/7/2013 @ 12:48am EDT Said:

what can you say the video speaks for its self ! outstanding !

David Czebieniak on 4/7/2013 @ 12:54am EDT Said:

From a B1G fan in Michigan—awesome stuff Cornhuskers, way to represent the B1G with class!

GO 'CATS! on 4/7/2013 @ 6:54am EDT Said:

What a class move by Pellini and the NEB program. Well done and good luck to Jack.

huskerred on 4/7/2013 @ 9:52am EDT Said:

Simply the best of the entire day!

BuckeyeBen on 4/7/2013 @ 12:04pm EDT Said:

Buckeyes fan here, but great to see Nebraska and this classy move!!! Way to go Jack!!!

Bonita Bicknell Dooley on 4/7/2013 @ 1:33pm EDT Said:

Just another great reason, I am proud to be from Nebraska and always a UN Husker fan!!!!

Howard Hunter on 4/7/2013 @ 7:07pm EDT Said:

As a Husker fan for over 80 years, tears flow every time I watch. As a youth I was given a football by the great Lloyd Cardwell..

Paul R. Smith on 4/7/2013 @ 8:45pm EDT Said:

I love this video. So impressed with the move on the football program’s part! It brought tears to my eyes and warmed my heart! I am an Ohio State fan, but I can’t help but pull for the Huskers now as well. Best of luck this season, and thanks for your kind act…

Tom Hallinan on 4/7/2013 @ 9:20pm EDT Said:

This is the greatest sports video ever!

tosuperstar on 4/8/2013 @ 1:06am EDT Said:

National Titles are nice, but this is what it is all about. Long may you run Jack!

Charles Spivak on 4/8/2013 @ 1:13pm EDT Said:

Special !!!! Special for the kid, special for the players, special for the fans and special for all that have seen the video. Well done Nebraska.

Ed on 4/9/2013 @ 1:37am EDT Said:

Go Big Red! Proud Husker Fan………Proud Big 10 fan!

Tim Cihal on 4/9/2013 @ 10:47am EDT Said:

There is no place like Nebraska. Love it. GO BIG RED!

Keri on 4/9/2013 @ 10:34pm EDT Said:

If everyone who watches the video would donate $1 to pediatric brain cancer research, there would be more of kids like Jack benefiting in years to come!! Give, Husker fans!

Rob on 4/10/2013 @ 11:06pm EDT Said:

Long time Michigan fan… but can’t help but be proud to have a team like Nebraska in the conference. Not just for the storied program, but because of the class. This young fella will remember this for years to come, and so will many others who were there or saw the video. This is what life is all about. Good luck Jack! Can’t wait for football! Go Blue.. and Go Big Red!

Travis Wake on 4/27/2013 @ 8:14pm EDT Said:

Love the Huskers!