April 9, 2013 in Sports

7-year-old with cancer talk of Nebraska


Standing barely chest-high to his Nebraska teammates, 7-year-old Jack Hoffman was the star of the Cornhuskers’ spring football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday after being the game’s leading rusher. And now his 69-yard touchdown, along with his story about fighting brain cancer, is attracting millions of fans. Video of Jack dressed in a full Nebraska uniform, charging down the field before more than 60,000 fans, was viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube by Monday. It also aired on national TV networks. His father said he hopes Jack’s memorable day will highlight the need for more research into pediatric brain cancer. Jack, who lives in Atkinson, Neb., was diagnosed in 2011. He’s had two surgeries and is on a two-week break from a 60-week chemotherapy regimen. – AP

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