Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:23 PM
Updated: Apr 8, 2013 3:40 PM
A seven-year-old boy scores a touchdown during a college football game.
The University of Nebraska held its spring game this weekend -- giving a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to a boy who is battling brain cancer.
Coach Pelini's surprise call that brought Husker nation to its feet: seven-year-old jack hoffman runs in a 69-yard touchdown in front of 60,000 screaming fans, including his friend and idol, former Husker Rex Burkhead.
"I told him, 'congrats,' that he looked good. I told him he needs to be the new running back here." Burkhead met Jack in 2011.
The two quickly became friends, and Jack became one of the team's biggest inspirations -- a little boy battling brain cancer. Saturday, Jack moved from the sidelines onto the field.
"It's awesome. I mean, Jack, he's a fighter. He's a strong kid. Just to see him get our here, run around, enjoy the Husker experience, it's a dream come true, especially for kids growing up in the state of Nebraska. For jack to get out here and do it, I know it made his day.
Andy Hoffman spear-headed Team Jack to raise money and awareness for kids everywhere fighting brain cancer.
Saturday was all about his son.
"You know, it was pretty special. It was very special. I told coach and all these coaches, you know, they've given Jack so many once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, and to have another one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, i think, speaks volumes about coach Pelini and the kind of program he has, and really, what he's all about as a person."
Jack's moment will go down in history.
He was nebraska's leading rusher for the day.
"Way to go, buddy."
"It felt awesome."
A game these players and coaches will never forget.
"It puts it all in perspective what the game's really all about. It is a game. That's why they call it a game. It's great for our players to see that there's just something bigger than this."
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