Jack Hoffman is 7. He was diagnosed with brain cancer on April 22, 2011 after suffering a Grand Mal seizure. He has had two major brain surgery’s. He is currently on a 60 week chemo regimen. After the first surgery, he asked to meet his favorite Nebraska Cornhusker, runningback Rex Burkhead. No one knew it would turn into one the greatest sports friendships anyone has seen.
They became fast friends. Rex said he knew once they met he would be a part of Jacks life forever. Rex ran for TD’s and Jack received chemo. Although they were many miles apart, Rex kept Jack close wearing his “Team Jack, Pray” bracelet during his games in Nebraska. When asked about Rex in an interview, Jack simply said “He is my best friend.”
Jack became an ESPN/Internet sensation when he ran for a 69 yard TD in the Nebraska spring football game. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPj7nI4MCnQ No one told those players to clear the benches and meet Jack in the end zone. They just did. When asked about how scoring the TD felt, Jack said “Super Duper Awesome”. Rex was there, watching from the sideline. He graduated and was waiting for the draft in April.
Thank you Rex for bringing awareness to pediatric cancer. You are doing so much more than you think. The Hoffman’s and Rex recently went to meet President Obama in the White House because Obama saw Jack on ESPN’s top 10. (Jack was #1 on the Top 10).
This story is even better because MY Cincinnati Bengals drafted Rex in the 6 round. We need him. The city of Cincinnati needs Rex. On and off the field. Cincinnati welcomes Team Jack with open arms.
The Bengals announced the official signing of Rex Burkhead on 5/13/2013 with head Coach Marvin Lewis saying he hopes Rex will have a key role on the offense! Bring on Team Jack to Cincinnati! http://www.cincyjungle.com/2013/5/13/4327210/bengals-announce-signings-of-rex-burkhead-sean-porter-terrence
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Oh and Jack, can you help me out with something? Is Rex single? He is pretty cute 🙂