LINCOLN, Neb. — Jack Hoffman just might go down as the biggest star of the Nebraska spring game. And he’s only 7 years old. Hoffman, of Atkinson, Neb., has won the hearts of fans and everyone in the football program for his courageous bout with brain cancer. Star running back Rex Burkhead befriended Jack last year and is the captain of the support network known as “Team Jack.” Jack was diagnosed with cancer in April 2011 and has had two surgeries. He’s now on a two-week break from a 60-week chemotherapy regimen.
The crowd of 60,174 at Memorial Stadium cheered as Jack celebrated — a moment that left his father, Andy, misty-eyed on the sideline. Asked what he was thinking when he ran onto the field, Jack said, “Scoring a touchdown.” And when he broke free and scored? “It felt awesome.” And the crowd reaction? “Really awesome.”