Jack Hoffman's Dad Talks about Inspiring Touchdown
The play touched hearts across the country.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
Lincoln, NE - Jack Hoffman has been dealing with a media blitz ever since his now famous touchdown run in the Red-White game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
His dad, Andy Hoffman, said his seven-year-old son is a little tired and overwhelmed but will never forget the experience of suiting up for his favorite team and taking the ball into the end zone.
Andy Hoffman said, "I really just was tremendously grateful to God that Jack even had the physical ability to do that. This is a very horrific disease."
Jack battles brain cancer. He's had two brain surgeries and is right now undergoing 60 weeks of chemotherapy. Yet he was able to make the 69-yard run.
His dad said the Assistant Athletic Director for Football Jeff Jamrog called him Friday night before the game with the idea to let Jack play in the game. They drove more than three hours to Lincoln. Andy Hoffman said Jack was excited but seemed to get a little nervous right before the play.
"Jack is pretty practical. A lot of people have asked him what was going through your mind when you were running down the field. He said, I was just hoping I wouldn't fall."
Jack sported a #22 uniform during the game which is what former star running back Rex Burkhead wore. The two first met before Jack's second brain surgery and have become close friends ever since.
Andy Hoffman said he hopes all of this attention brings awareness to pediatric brain tumors. He said Jack gets the same chemo that doctors gave children 25 years ago. He thinks more research and awareness could help kids like Jack. Andy said Jack's doctors are optimistic but his fight is not over.