The Nebraska Cornhusker football team "adopted" 7-year-old brain cancer fighter, Jack Hoffman, under the leadership of former player Rex Burkhead (Number 22) through the Uplifting Athletes Campaign.
|Jack Hoffman and Rex Burkhead, Photo from Team Jack Legacy Fund|
During today's Spring Game (the annual red and white scrimmage), Jack made the biggest play of the day. Jack took the field with the red team under the leadership of quarterback Taylor Martinez. Wearing a number 22 jersey in homage to former Husker player Rex Burkhead, Jack awaited the snap next to Martinez on 4th down. Martinez took the snap and handed the ball off to Jack. Jack ran down the field with his red team "blocking" his way through the white Husker jerseys. The crowd went wild as Jack ran into the end zone to make a 69-yard touchdown.
According to an article on KETV.com, head coach Bo Pelini said the team asked Jack's dad if he would like to participate in the spring game.
"Jack's a young man who has touched the hearts of a lot of people. Our football team and the student body have gotten behind him, and he's become a big part of the team," Pelini said.
Here is another article from ESPN.com about Jack's big play.
Here is the video of Jack's 69-yard touchdown:
To learn more about "Team Jack" and their crusade to cure pediatric brain cancer, please visit Team Jack Legacy Fund.
Go, Team Jack! Go, Huskers!