Nebraska Cornhuskers football is big. Real big. The traditional powerhouse with its smashmouth toughness owns more than 40 conference titles, five national titles and more than 850 all-time wins. They've had three Heisman Trophy winners and more than 20 players inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Leave it, though, to one special 7-year-old to show the big guys how it's done, leading the Huskers in rushing in their spring game yesterday--all accumulated in one dynamic TD-scoring play, no less.
Jack Hoffman, a pediatric cancer patient, suited up in full Huskers gear entered the game on a fourth-and-one play in the fourth quarter and proceeded to ramble 69 yards for a TD.
The crowd of more than 60,000 fans packing Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska--yes, the Nebraska spring game draws more than 60,000 people--roared in support of Jack, cheering him on as he broke free and scampered all the way to the endzone.
ESPN asked him about the play and he said, "It felt awesome."
When asked about the crowd's reaction, he said "Really awesome."
Jack was diagnosed with cancer in April 2011 and has had two surgeries. He's now on a two-week break from a 60-week chemotherapy regimen.
"Jack's a young man who's touched the hearts of a lot of people," Huskers coach Bo Pellini said. "Our football team, the student body, people have gotten behind him and he's become a big part of the team. ... I wasn't sure if he was going to want to do it before we brought the idea to his dad, and I thought it was a pretty special thing."
Watch video of the play here: