By Jeff Faraudo
Sunday, April 7th, 2013 at 9:10 am in Football.
Cal fans enjoyed a fun surprise a couple weeks ago when NFL star and Berkeley alum Marshawn Lynch showed up and ran for a touchdown in the Bears’ spring game.
Well, the season’s most memorable — and touching — spring game moment took place Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Jack Hoffman, a 7-year-old brain cancer patient from Atkinson, Neb., was given a Cornhuskers uniform and ran 69 yards for a touchdown in front of 60,174 fans at Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium.
Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jmisv1Spck
Nebraska star running back Rex Burkhead befriended Hoffman last year and is captain of the support group known as “Team Jack.” A Nebraska football staff member came up with the idea of giving Hoffman a chance to be part of the spring game and the emotional moment became the No. 1 entry on ESPN’s “Top Plays” of the day segment.
“Jack is a fighter, a strong kid,” Burkhead said. “For Jack to get down here and do it, I know it made his day.”
“It was a lot of emotions right at once,” said Andy Hoffman, Jack’s dad. “Very emotional to see that. Husker fans have been so incredible to Jack and our family and especially to this cause.”
Andy Hoffman said his son is on a two-week break from a 60-week chemotherapy regimen and that he is “doing great.” A recent MRI at Children’s Hospital in Boston showed the tumor has shrunk substantially over the past year, according to the father.