WATCH: 7-year-old cancer patient scores a touchdown at Nebraska - FOX 32 News Chicago

WATCH: 7-year-old cancer patient scores a touchdown at Nebraska game

By Kary Feick, Fox 2 News Intern

(WJBK) - During a spring scrimmage over the weekend, a seven-year-old brain cancer patient got to fulfill his dream to play with the Nebraska Corn Huskers.

The team was very supportive of Jack Hoffman, who wore a miniature No. 22 Rex Burkhead uniform during the scrimmage. Hoffman competed against men twice his height and more than that in weight. He managed to score a 69-yard touchdown. The game took place at Memorial Stadium, where more than 60,000 Nebraska fans cheered for Hoffman.

Hoffman is currently taking a two-week break from his 60-week chemotherapy course. He said it felt awesome to be out on the field with the team. It was an emotional day for everyone participating in the special play planned for Hoffman.

Hoffman met Nebraska's running back, Rex Burkhead in 2011. Hoffman's dad made a phone call, hoping for an opportunity for his son to have his picture taken with his favorite player, Burkhead. After meeting Hoffman, Burkhead decided he wanted to be with him throughout the journey. Burkhead is the captain of a support network for Hoffman, called "Team Jack."

The Hoffmans found out the day before the scrimmage that Jack would be participating on the field. Football operations director Jeff Jamrog and fullback C.J. Zimmerer came up with the idea to get Jack involved in the spring game.

Watch the video for a look at Hoffman's now famous play.

Team Jack online: teamjack.curesearch.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Team-Jack/130253380409979

Follow Us!

Share Your Sports Photos & Video

Submit Your Sports Photos
  • SportsMore>>

  • Jackie Robinson West pushes for Little League World Series

    Jackie Robinson West pushes for Little League World Series

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:52 AM EDT2014-07-31 11:52:31 GMT
    A baseball team from Chicago's South Side has a chance to reach the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn.
    A baseball team from Chicago's South Side has a chance to reach the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn.
  • Whitecaps and Fire play to 0-0 draw

    Whitecaps and Fire play to 0-0 draw

    Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson made a second half save to preserve the Fire's 0-0 tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night.
    Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson made a second half save to preserve the Fire's 0-0 tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night.
  • Rockies beat Cubs 6-4 in 10 innings

    Rockies beat Cubs 6-4 in 10 innings

    Brandon Barnes hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Wednesday night.
    Brandon Barnes hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Wednesday night.
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices