7-Year-Old Boy With Brain Cancer Scores Tear-Inducing Touchdown in Front of Crowd of 60,000 (VIDEO)

Inspiring 7

Jack HoffmanIf you've ever questioned the value of sports, you need only watch this chill-inducing clip from the Nebraska spring football game Saturday. In it 7-year-old Jack Hoffman, who is suffering from brain cancer, took to the field with the big boys in front of a crowd of 60,000 people.

Decked out in a red Nebraska jersey emblazoned with number 22, he took a hand-off from quarterback Taylor Martinez and ran down the field. With blockers clearing the way, he ran 69 yards for a truly unforgettable touchdown, and the crowd went wild.

 

As the commentator said, "That was a moment right there."

Jack was diagnosed with the cancer in April 2011 and has had two surgeries since then. According to the Associated Press, he's currently on a two-week break from 60 weeks of chemotherapy, and was given the opportunity after the team's running back, Rex Burkhead, struck up a friendship with him. Since then the whole team has embraced "Team Jack", and this plan was put into place.

I grew up in Nebraska, and I can tell you that playing on that field at Memorial Stadium is what virtually ALL little boys (and their parents) there dream of. To know your child is suffering from a disease that could prevent those dreams from ever coming true has got to be heartbreaking. So to give Jack and his family this gift, this glimpse into a future they're praying so desperately for, is priceless. And what a great inspiration to everyone who saw that little boy run with all of his heart out there like that. As ESPN's Kevin Negandhi tweeted, "Dear Cancer, you will not take away life's great moments. Never give up Jack."

I've never been much of a football fan, but watching this, I've never been more proud to be a Cornhusker. Hopefully Jack will have many more touchdowns in his future.

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Andi Dodd

I live in Omaha, and have been a Husker hater all my life... but this may have changed my view on my home town team. 

jalaz77 jalaz77

Love it very much. I am a Nebraska girl too, raised there and still have family and friends there of course. My FB page was blowing up cause of this. Rex is an awesome guy and this kid is equally amazing. He will never forget that day!

bills... billsfan1104

I saw this and bawled my eyes out!!

bills... billsfan1104

I still cry every time I see this and even though I know he scores a touchdown, I still "run Jack run"!!

MomTo... MomToovey

Oh my, what a touching experience! My DH calls me a "Husker transplant" because I'm from AZ and had no loyalty to any teams before we met - so I just adopted the Huskers because it was his team. I've enjoyed being a Husker fan, but Saturday's spring game is what truly made me feel proud to call myself a Husker! So proud of them, so proud for Jack!

nonmember avatar Carl heck jr

When I seen this on TV at work it was all I could do not to tear up . I don't even watch football unless its u t but this here put faith back into my heart that there is more good people out there in this world if the Medea would show more good people do a well as all the evil maybe just maybe more good will start Comeing through in this life of depression

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