Sometimes after a bad day, you just need to see a friend. For eight year old Jack Hoffman, that friend is former Husker Rex Burkhead.
The Hoffman family found out earlier this week Jack's brain cancer was no longer in remission and he would need more chemotherapy. Immediately after flying back from the hospital in Boston, the Hoffmans drove down to Kansas City on Thursday to watch Burkhead play in a Bengals' NFL preseason game against the Chiefs.
"Rex is family to us and he's someone we think a lot of," said Jack's dad, Andy. "This is right where we need to be. Therapy begins tonight and this is the most therapeutic thing we can do as a family. "
"Coming out with his parents, it means the world to me," said Burkhead. "That shows the toughness and the positive attitude that he has to continue on in life and enjoy it. I know Jack and he's going to continue to fight."
With Jack's ESPY winning touchdown run, the Hoffmans now have thousands of supporters throughout the country. But the Hoffmans haven't forgotten one of their first supporters, as they sat in the 2nd row behind the Bengals' bench Thursday.
"It's really the least we can do after all the support he gives us," Andy Hoffman said.
"Hopefully, he continues to do well and we can beat this thing," Burkhead said.