A Nebraska boy continues his wish of becoming a Husker

Posted by: Marlenia Thornton


Nebraska’s newest recruit got a big red welcome Thursday morning.

8–year–old Jack Johnson of Norfolk arrived in style to Memorial Stadium.

Johnson is battling a genetic disorder and living out his dream of becoming a Husker through Make–A–Wish Nebraska.

The football standout got a chance to take the podium and answer questions from the media before his game day debut this Saturday.

One reporter asked Jack how many national championships does he plan to bring to Nebraska.

Jack replied four.

Another media outlet asked him what he was most looking forward to when he leads his teammates during the tunnel walk.

Jack said he just wants to have fun.

The NU athletic department said Jack was a good catch, noting his work ethic, strong academic record and of course athleticism.

"I’ve been told jack is really good at P.E. he’s really good at physical education class and he dominates recess,” Nebraska Athletics Life Skills Director Keith Zimmer said.

Jack got some time to bond with his new teammates as well including meeting his favorite player Jordan Westerkamp.

It was opportunity the players are glad to give.

"You never know what another person is dealing with, so the fact you have the opportunity somebody happy is smile means a lot to me,” NU Linebacker Pernell Jefferson said.

Jack also took time to sign a few autographs.

It’s an experience that he and his family were grateful to have.

Jack’s wish isn’t over yet.

You can see him lead out his teammates during the tunnel walk as Nebraska takes on Maryland this Saturday.


Posted by: Channel 8 Eyewitness News


A Nebraska boy continues his wish of becoming a Husker Football Player.

8-year-old Jack Johnson of Norfolk battles a genetic disorder and Make-A-Wish Nebraska is making that dream come true. 

Johnson arrived at Memorial Stadium Thursday morning. He was cheered on by the Nebraska spirit squad, pep band and many others as he entered the stadium. Then, he met the media and took questions before his game day debut this Saturday.

Hear more about Jack’s big red experience tonight at 5, 6 and 10 on Channel 8 Eyewitness News.