Video – Cornhuskers make a wish come true

posted at 9:31 am on April 7, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

We spend so much time here discussing what are frequently depressing stories about the state of our nation that I think we’ll dedicate part of Sunday to focusing on what still makes this country great. Jack Hoffman is a seven year old boy from Nebraska with a rare form of brain cancer. He’s been undergoing chemotherapy, but still has some of the same interests as other young boys, and apparently Jack likes football. Some of the Nebraska Cornhuskers have sort of adopted Jack and wanted to do something nice for him. Now, it would be great for a kid like Jack to get a chance to go see a game with his new friends, but the Cornhuskers had a better idea.

Jack Hoffman is a 7-year-old brain cancer patient, but that didn’t stop him from scoring a touchdown in Nebraska’s spring game Saturday afternoon. Jack, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and is currently on a break from his chemotherapy treatment, came into the game for a fourth-and-1 on the 31 yard line. With the help of some blockers, Jack ran the ball all the way into the end zone in front of more than 60,000 fans.

Turn on your speakers and watch the video. And don’t come complaining to me later if you have a hard time seeing the screen to type a comment.

Way to go, Jack. And well done to the Cornhuskers for doing something so nice for this little boy.


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…there are good people in this country!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2013 at 9:34 AM

…a flyover state!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2013 at 9:35 AM

…what would they do in New York?

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2013 at 9:37 AM

…JugEars missed a photo-op?

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2013 at 9:38 AM

…will the media find something wrong with this?

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Damn LCD screens always fogging up…….
I’ve watched this several times now and the danged screen…

*sniff*

44Magnum on April 7, 2013 at 9:40 AM

…Pelosi will want an investigation as to why this boy was put in such a dangerous situation!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2013 at 9:41 AM

As a 75 year old Nebraska boy and an alumni, this is the Nebraska I remember.

rplat on April 7, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Nebraska isn’t the worst state in the union.

cozmo on April 7, 2013 at 9:42 AM

….thank you Cornhuskers!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2013 at 9:43 AM

A great run by Jack Hoffman….and the Nebraska Cornhuskers…Someone needs to work on the camera focus….When I viewed the it seemed a bit out of focus toward the end….

DVPTexFla on April 7, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Sweet.

Midas on April 7, 2013 at 9:44 AM

That was sweet !
Bravo Nebraska .

Lucano on April 7, 2013 at 9:45 AM

…Pelosi will want an investigation as to why this boy was put in such a dangerous situation!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Hahaha

BallisticBob on April 7, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Excellent. This illustrates how you can bring joy to someone’s life with such little effort.

perroviejo on April 7, 2013 at 9:50 AM

….Stupid allergies….

Markvike on April 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM

that was a moment there indeed

thanks

cmsinaz on April 7, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Sure is dusty right now.

Grunt on April 7, 2013 at 9:57 AM

More of these types of stories please!

Amjean on April 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Now juxtapose this with the crap going on at msnbc .

THIS is what America is about! God love all those players who participated.

herm2416 on April 7, 2013 at 10:04 AM

What a glorious video. It reminds me of what this country used to be on a large scale. I pray to God for that beautiful little boys recovery.

AmeriCuda on April 7, 2013 at 10:07 AM

***sniff***

davidk on April 7, 2013 at 10:09 AM

That was just as good as the video last week of the Pope embracing the boy with cerebral palsy. Wonderful stories for Sunday mornings.

Who’s got the Kleenex?

lynncgb on April 7, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Dang allergies.

Way to go Nebraska – well done!

gophergirl on April 7, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Awesome!!!..Very classy..:)

Dire Straits on April 7, 2013 at 10:19 AM

This is the Nebraska that I know and love. This team has done a lot for this little boy the past couple years since his cause was adopted by Rex Burkhead, but this is the best.

ILUVTX on April 7, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Imagine how the parents felt. I wish there was a camera on them too.

In Excess on April 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM

I don’t know the “back-story” here as to why the Cornhuskers football team “adopted” Jack, but good on them.

I do hope Jack can get clear of his cancer; but at the very least, Nebraska did a wonderful, fine thing for this young boy.

Thank you Nebraska and God Bless Jack HOffman!

realwest on April 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

The kKid actually showed some pretty good speed for the age. If he manages to beat this thing, he might be back!
ANd the Cornhuskers gained a fan for the next seasons (except against the Longhorns).

michaelo on April 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

This is the REAL America in action.

Solaratov on April 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM

How dare you make me mess up my glasses and stache.

Limerick on April 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM

As the song says, “There is no place like Nebraska.”

The Monster on April 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Real comment on YouTube for this video:

Doubleshot98 9 minutes ago

This us what Obama was talking about. Coming together. Thank you Nebraska for following The Presidents lead along with Wareen Buffet. If Republicans were eliminated you’d see more if this. We need to find a way to get Obama another term. He helped us. lets help him

In the midst of a loving gesture and compassion, this nimrod thinks eliminating nearly half the population of the United States would be a good thing.

It’s a disturbing view into the mind of a liberal.

ButterflyDragon on April 7, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I was going to write something, but the screen is all blurry and I need to dry my eyes. This kinda restores my faith in student athletes.

Mini-14 on April 7, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Hold on…

I got something in my eye.

Stephen Macklin on April 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Damn – *sniff – sniff*

koaiko on April 7, 2013 at 10:46 AM

In the midst of a loving gesture and compassion, this nimrod thinks eliminating nearly half the population of the United States would be a good thing.

It’s a disturbing view into the mind of a liberal.

ButterflyDragon on April 7, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Please let it be a parody. If so, it’s a good one because it’s so believable and I won’t let it spoil the pleasure I got watching that video and thinking of the young Americans – and maybe even a few older ones – who made it happen for the lad.

Drained Brain on April 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Nebraska has always been a class act.

bw222 on April 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Want to smile and cry at the same time.

Good job, Huskers!

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

That kid can run…sign him to the Jets stat!

JetBoy on April 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

I had just happened to flip on the Huskers’ spring game (televised live by the B1G TEN Network, and I wonder now if this wasn’t the reason) when this happened. BTN camera crews were on the field, making sure they got every angle of Jack’s run (which was listed in the game stats; Jack was the leading rusher) — and they even had sideline interviews with Jack afterward. Well-played by everybody involved.

As our school song says, “There is NO PLACE like Nebraska!”

GoHskrs on April 7, 2013 at 11:10 AM

For today I am a Cornhusker.

itsspideyman on April 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM

…JugEars missed a photo-op?

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Is there *any* moment in the day when you are not thinking about Obama?

libfreeordie on April 7, 2013 at 11:44 AM

God bless his tiny heart. May God help Jack with his illness. Thank you Conhuskers for a wonderful thing you did for Jack.

Thank you so much for a wonderful feel good story.
L

letget on April 7, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Probably the most memorable touchdown ever scored in Husker Stadium. . . . . .

Narniaman on April 7, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Damned allergies….

princetrumpet on April 7, 2013 at 12:10 PM

As a Mizzou fan, it pays me to say this…”Nice job Huskers.”

iwasbornwithit on April 7, 2013 at 12:27 PM

He ran like he was being chased by Jerry Sandusky!

Tom Servo on April 7, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Huskers for the win again.

That’s all this lifelong fan can say.

MelonCollie on April 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM

That’s pretty amazing to watch. I can only imagine how much fun he must have been having out there.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM

I think that #95 could have leveled Jack and was dogging it, I’d take away his schollie.

;-))

Northwoods on April 7, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Is there *any* moment in the day when you are not thinking about Obama?

libfreeordie on April 7, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Maybe he doesn’t have a boyfriend to occupy his time…like you do, liveasaslaveanddie.

Solaratov on April 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Darn dust in here got in my eye. Alright, I admit I cried like a baby watching this. As someone who’s lost WAY too many people to that nasty disease I am glad he got a moment in the sun. Kudos to the Huskers for making it happen. I hope he lives a long prosperous life.

Minnfidel on April 7, 2013 at 1:02 PM

libfreeordie on April 7, 2013 at 11:44 AM

…YOU?

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Great story.

Cindy Munford on April 7, 2013 at 1:08 PM

To Butterfly Dragon: liberals have no conscience and their hearts are whitewashed tombs……remember they support a godless platform that is complicit in the murder of innocents in the womb. They pervert marriage with the notion we should bless a perversion….they sanction immorality so why would we think that a kind and compassionate gesture like this would bring applause from them…only they know what is right and compassionate…just look at the compassion that they put forth in the inner city…they don’t care unless it is their idea and they feel good from it….May God have mercy on their souls……

crosshugger on April 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Simply beautiful.

dpduq on April 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM

I always had a soft spot for the Huskers. I watched their games against Miami and Florida St in the 1990s. Those were classic games. Kudos to them again.

toolnutz on April 7, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Kudos to Nebraska.

And if I may be permitted one small little bit of football ribbing, speaking as a Badger fan, scoring a running touchdown on the Cornhuskers is not that big of a deal. (70-31 Go Bucky!)

PackerBronco on April 7, 2013 at 1:23 PM

O/T: Hey Hot Air, where is the link to MSNBC’s statement that children don’t belong to their parents? Why aren’t you allowing us to comment on that BULLSHIT statement? Far and away above everything else on this site is the issue of the importance of the family unit, and MSNBC has just thrown a grenade into our households claiming that we don’t own our children. You should be posting this FRONT AND CENTER so that we can comment on it. Every single representative in the land, not just dems but pubs, too, should be asked at every opportunity whether they believe that children belong to their families or to the state and what should happen to elected representatives who believe that our kids belong to the state. Get it out there, Hot Air. Be part of the solution or part of the problem. Here’s your chance.

HiJack on April 7, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Really cool. Prayers for Jack and his family.

CW on April 7, 2013 at 1:29 PM

…a flyover state
KOOLAID2

EXACTLY what I thought the minute I saw the video. Flyover country IS our country. And Libfreeordie, why don’t you just go with option #2 already.

teacherman on April 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Faith in humanity, restored.

This is just a great story. Im not a Husker fan but for now, im with them 100%.

Great move by the team. Just amazing.

Blu3Yeti on April 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM

I couldn’t even get past him walking onto the field.
 
Thank you, Huskers. Whatever your version of “roll Tide” is, roll Tide.

rogerb on April 7, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Is there *any* moment in the day when Obama isn’t thinking about Obama?

SparkPlug on April 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Is there *any* moment in the day when you are not thinking about Obama?

libfreeordie on April 7, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Yet you cannot help yourself can you? No comment on the sweet gesture
made by Nebraska. You keep proving who you really are …perv.

CW on April 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Makes me proud to be from Nebraska!

Go Big Red!!!

(Pointless trivia: The Cornhuskers used to be called the Bugeaters)

Yakko77 on April 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM

the Bugeaters

Yakko77 on April 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Would have been my first guess.

CW on April 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Good old Nebraska U!!!!

dragondrop on April 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Made this old football coach cry. Hit’s home for me.

Pelosi delende est on April 7, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Made me cry yesterday when I saw it. I’m proud to claim this piece of flyover real estate as my adopted home.

NebCon on April 7, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Big boys don’t cry…..sniff sniff. Kudo’s to Nebraska.

dddave on April 7, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Awesome!

crazywater on April 7, 2013 at 3:44 PM

All the NFL running backs will be running like Jack next year . . .

BigAlSouth on April 7, 2013 at 3:59 PM

I’ve watched the video a dozen times and tear up every time. Just a sweet and wonderful moment for Jack, his family and the entire Husker Nation. I’m a proud Nebraskan and loyal Husker fan but never more so than right now.

KateNE on April 7, 2013 at 4:49 PM

We were watching the replay video on SportsCenter here in Baghdad and the whole gym went wild.

Never been prouder to be a born and bred Husker!

JetBlast on April 7, 2013 at 4:57 PM

First time in my life I’ve ever cheered for the Huskers. Very nice, Big Red.

alchemist19 on April 7, 2013 at 5:37 PM

……..!!!

RealMc on April 7, 2013 at 5:48 PM

First time in my life I’ve ever cheered for the Huskers. Very nice, Big Red…alchemist19 on April 7, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Amen to that but dog gone they’ll be number one in my book now.

Herb on April 7, 2013 at 5:52 PM

O/T: Hey Hot Air, where is the link to MSNBC’s statement that children don’t belong to their parents? Why aren’t you allowing us to comment on that BULLSHIT statement? Far and away above everything else on this site is the issue of the importance of the family unit, and MSNBC has just thrown a grenade into our households claiming that we don’t own our children. You should be posting this FRONT AND CENTER so that we can comment on it. Every single representative in the land, not just dems but pubs, too, should be asked at every opportunity whether they believe that children belong to their families or to the state and what should happen to elected representatives who believe that our kids belong to the state. Get it out there, Hot Air. Be part of the solution or part of the problem. Here’s your chance.

HiJack on April 7, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Got an idea. You set a up a blog and cover it. You go ahead and get things arranged. The rest of us will be over later.

davidk on April 7, 2013 at 6:00 PM

speaking as a Badger fan, scoring a running touchdown on the Cornhuskers is not that big of a deal. (70-31 Go Bucky!)

PackerBronco on April 7, 2013 at 1:23 PM

That there’s funny.

SomeCallMeJohn on April 7, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Best thin I have seen since well in a long long time.
I bet this experience touched the lives and heart of a lot of people that day.
What a wonderful thing to do.

Delsa on April 7, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Class. PURE class.

wildcat72 on April 7, 2013 at 10:05 PM

I love my state…way to go Big Red!

serenity on April 7, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Damn this blurry screen.
The players will remember this as one of their proudest moments.

faol on April 7, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Excellent job to the Big Red Nation for this inspiring video! It makes you want to stand up and cheer.

Let’s all ignore Carney and Reid tomorrow when they say Hoffman would have scored from 95 yards out instead of 69 if not for the sequester.

MrKleenexMuscles on April 8, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Dang allergies.

Way to go Nebraska – well done!

gophergirl on April 7, 2013 at 10:11 AM

.
Yeah, me too ….. we must have the same allergy. : )

listens2glenn on April 8, 2013 at 2:16 AM

…JugEars missed a photo-op?

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2013 at 9:38 AM

.
Is there *any* moment in the day when you are not thinking about Obama?

libfreeordie on April 7, 2013 at 11:44 AM

.
Obama who ?

listens2glenn on April 8, 2013 at 2:18 AM

The story behind Jack and his connection with the Huskers.

Puts everything in perspective.

JetBlast on April 8, 2013 at 2:29 AM

Way to go, Jack.

Indeed…!

:_ _ _ o)

Seven Percent Solution on April 8, 2013 at 2:38 AM

Go Big Red! I am a proud parent of a Husker from Illinois. <3 NE!

Cpoy2 on April 8, 2013 at 11:12 AM

MSNBC Headline:
Cornhuskers break the hearts of 1 million kids by picking just one to score a touchdown!

RedManBlueState on April 8, 2013 at 12:39 PM