Jack Hoffman, only 7-years-old, suits up in a No. 22 Rex Burkhead jersey and rumbles 69-yards for a touchdown at the Red and White scrimmage. Burkhead befriended Hoffman a year ago and is the captain of the support network known as ‘Team Jack.’
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Receivers coach Rich Fisher motioned Jack over on the sideline to show him the play he drew up. Andy said that’s when it hit him that his son really would get his day in the sun at Memorial Stadium.
“It was a lot of emotions right at once,” Andy said. “Very emotional to see that. Husker fans have been so incredible to Jack and our family and especially to this cause.”
Jack was diagnosed with cancer in April 2011 and has had two surgeries. He’s now on a two-week break from a 60-week chemotherapy regimen.
Andy said Jack is “doing great” and that an MRI at Children’s Hospital in Boston showed that the tumor has shrunk substantially in the past year.
“We’re very optimistic for Jack,” Andy said.
Burkhead, who is preparing for the NFL draft, said he got as much joy out of Jack’s touchdown as he did for any of the ones he scored for the Huskers.
“Jack is a fighter, a strong kid,” Burkhead said. “To see him run around and enjoy the Husker experience, it’s a dream come true, especially for kids in the state of Nebraska. For Jack to get down here and do it, I know it made his day.”