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7-year-old cancer patient scores touchdown in Nebraska spring game

A 7-year-old boy battling cancer lit up the day Saturday by scoring a touchdown at Nebraska’s spring football game.

Jack Hoffman has been fighting cancer since being diagnosed in April 2011. He has gone through two surgeries and is on a two-week break from chemotherapy. During his break, he had the opportunity of a lifetime — Nebraska called him in for a play on fourth-and-1 from the 31-yard line, and they let him run free for a 69-yard touchdown.

Hoffman said the feeling was “awesome.”

Hoffman got involved with the Nebraska football program after meeting running back Rex Burkhead last year. Burkhead, who finished his senior season and is preparing for the NFL Draft, became the captain of Jack’s support group. Jack was even wearing Burkhead’s No. 22 during the game.

The team’s director of football operations, Jeff Jamrog, and fullback CJ Zimmerer had the idea to let Jack score a touchdown in the game. The result was an awesome moment for Hoffman and everyone who watched the play.



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