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Inside the story of Jack Hoffman and Nebraska

Rex Burkhead (22) befriended Jack Hoffman and welcomed him to the Nebraska family. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Rex Burkhead (22) befriended Jack Hoffman and welcomed him to the Nebraska family. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

By Zac Ellis

People are still taking about young Jack Hoffman, the seven-year-old cancer patient and Nebraska fan who ran for a 69-yard touchdown in the Huskers' spring game last Saturday. USA Today's Laken Litman has a great account of Hoffman's journey to becoming Nebraska's inspiration. Hoffman has been battling brain cancer for nearly two years, and last year he befriended Huskers tailback Rex Burkhead, who became the youngster's biggest fan and helped incorporate Hoffman into the Nebraska family. (Hoffman was wearing a miniature Burkhead jersey when he scored his touchdown.)

Litman's story is worth the read, and if you haven't seen Hoffman's highlight, be sure to check out the video here.

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