Burkhead, Huskers Score Win For Team Jack Against Badgers

By: Michael Bennett Email
By: Michael Bennett Email

From the opening moments of the Tunnel Walk to the end of Saturday's thrilling come-from-behind 30-27 win over Wisconsin, it was evident that Jack Hoffman, a 7-year old, from Atkinson, Nebraska enjoyed every moment of the game.

Hoffman, who is battling pediatric brain cancer led the Huskers onto the field Saturday before the start of the game. Senior running back Rex Burkhead even at one point lifted Jack up so he could touch the infamous horseshoe in the Nebraska tunnel before heading out onto the field.

When asked if Jack had fun, Burkhead said, "I think so. I saw him for a little bit before and probably try to see him after the game. I think he had a good time, he definitely enjoyed getting up and touching the horseshoe, he was high fiving everyone around."

Burkhead was honored prior to Saturday's game with the Uplifting Athlete Rare Disease Champion Award for his work with Hoffman.

In addition to leading the team onto the field, Hoffman got to hang out with United States Olympians and former Husker student athletes Jordan Burroughs and Jordan Larson.

For a few hours during the game, the focus for Jack was taken off of his fight with a disease and it was on something he loves - Nebraska football - and for Jack's dad, Andy, he says the mission of Team Jack remains the same.

"What we're really excited about is getting pediatric brain cancer on the national agenda and we think this a tremendous step in the right direction," Hoffman told 10/11 News.

For Jack, you can only hope that Saturday's experience will be one he remembers for a lifetime - a lifetime that has given fans something to cheer about even if the Huskers win or lose.


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