Photo: Jack Hoffman Upper Deck trading card

As if Jack Hoffman’s memorable 69-yard touchdown run in Nebraska’s spring game wasn’t cool enough, the seven-year-old brain cancer patient now has a trading card to commemorate the touching moment. Upper Deck has produced a Hoffman trading card, which includes “RB NEBRASKA” under his name and “Star Rookie” written vertically on the lower left side.

Jack Hoffman

Upper Deck

This is awesome. Quick thing, though: Don’t expect to find the card in any Upper Deck packs. The company created a limited number of blow-up rookie cards that Jack will sign and use for charitable purposes – it opted not to include the card in packs because it did not want to risk Jack’s amateur status with the NCAA.

Here’s what Upper Deck said about the card:

“Jack is the type of inspirational athlete who absolutely deserves an Upper Deck rookie card,” said Chris Carlin, Upper Deck’s sports marketing manager. “Jack had a larger than life moment on the field that day for Nebraska which is why Upper Deck is creating a limited number of promotional blow-up rookie cards for Jack to sign and use for charitable purposes. Upper Deck is proud to play a small role increasing awareness in Jack’s cause and we are excited to be a part of ‘Team Jack!’”

Read the complete Upper Deck release.

Check out our Hoffman “Journey” feature:

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Debra on 4/16/2013 @ 3:26pm EDT Said:

Upper Deck, what a class act! And what a great idea to have the card used for charity! They will be to collect thousands of dollars to help fight pediatric brain cancers! Bless You!

Josh on 4/16/2013 @ 3:53pm EDT Said:

Classy move for Upper Deck and Nebraska!!

Ron Lovins on 4/16/2013 @ 3:59pm EDT Said:

How do I get one?

ukeone on 4/16/2013 @ 4:01pm EDT Said:

My prayers are abundant, and my tears keep-on flowing for this true ‘little hero.’ Yes, there is a God, and He obviously loves this ‘star rookie’ every bit as much as we all do! God bless everyone @ Upper Deck for doing this…what an honor it must be for Nebraska’s little ‘pride & joy!!!’ And, thanks to you, BTN and Brent, for keeping this ‘special story’ and all his ‘precious, little hopes’ alive! (His parents must be beaming with pride over all this.) God, I love this!

Jacqueline on 4/16/2013 @ 5:44pm EDT Said:

What a great thing to do.

Ginny Wright on 4/16/2013 @ 7:36pm EDT Said:

Totally wonderful!

Mark on 4/16/2013 @ 9:14pm EDT Said:

When I tell people, “There’s no place like Nebraska!” it’s special moments like this that make me proud to be a Nebraskan and a fan of the Huskers.

RyKu on 4/16/2013 @ 9:25pm EDT Said:

I would be so happy to donate to Pediatric Cancer, especially for an autographed Jack Hoffman card!

Vickie Johnson on 4/16/2013 @ 10:44pm EDT Said:

Class act UpperDeck and Huskers. Not surprising the Huskers would do this. Is there any way I can purchase one of his signed cards? My son has CP and has his room totally, but tastefully, decorated with Husker pictures etc. This card, if framed would make a great addition to his pictures on the wall.

Andrew Wade on 4/17/2013 @ 10:16am EDT Said:

This is really cool! This kid has touched the hearts of Nebraskans and fans all over the country. Also, what an effort by a busy Rex Burkehead of making Jacks dreams come true. It speaks a lot about Nebraska, its fans, morals, values and traditions. I love Nebraska

Bill Ortiz on 4/18/2013 @ 5:19pm EDT Said:

Awesome, but one complaint. Upper Deck needs to make a couple hundred thousand of these, as EVERY Husker fan and EVERY decent human being WANTS this card. Please make it so! We love our Huskers, and we love TEAM JACK!!!