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Seven-year-old cancer patient makes Husker touchdown

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By: Sabrina Ahmed
SAhmed@klkntv.com 

When Jack and his family decided to be a part of the spring game yesterday, they knew it was a once in a lifetime chance for Jack.

The recognition he's received since then is something they never expected.

An unforgettable moment for seven year old Jack Hoffman.

He scored the play of the game, it's something this child who is in a battle for his life against pediatric brain cancer, says he will remember for the rest of his life.

"That was awesome," he said.

He told us he always hoped he'd be able to run on the field with the rest of his Nebraska football team and at the spring game, his dream came true.

"Jack's pretty hard to beat—I think he was the leading rusher today, wasn't he?" Coach Bo Pelini said at the news conference.

On the field, the same things were going through his mind that go through any other player's.

"thinking about scoring a touchdown...I though I might fall on my knees," he said.

Jack's dad, Andy, said he knew the run would be one of Jack's favorite memories, but now that he is getting national attention, he realizes how thankful he really is.

"We're just so happy that Jack is still with us, let along a feature highlight on ESPN," Andy Hoffman said.

Andy said the big play is just another step to raise awareness about this life threatening disease.

"We said from day one—we need to try to get pediatric brain cancer on the national agenda and I guess if this is the vehicle that we can use to accomplish that, then we're glad to do it and we'll explore the opportunity I guess," Andy said.

Both Jack and his dad say none of this would be possible without the support of husker nation, especially the coaches and the team.

"It's awesome and Rex is a great guy," Jack said.

"Coach Bo—he loves Jack like he's his son," Andy said.

Jack's dad says this whole ordeal is just an added bonus.  Last week, they got the results of his quarterly MRI. Jack's brain tumor is getting smaller.  They still have a long road ahead, but every piece of good news makes him stronger.

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