By Zac Ellis
Spring football just keeps getting better for young Jack Hoffman, the seven-year-old Nebraska fan battling brain cancer who a touchdown in the Cornhuskers' spring game earlier this month. Upper Deck announced on Tuesday that it will release a special "Star Rookie" trading card in honor of Hoffman, on which he is listed as Nebraska running back No. 22.
“Jack is the type of inspirational athlete who absolutely deserves an Upper Deck rookie card,” Chris Carlin, Upper Deck’s sports marketing manager, said on the company's Facebook page. “Upper Deck does not want to risk Jack’s amateur status with the NCAA so the card we created will not be part of a mainstream trading card release. Jack had a larger than life moment on the field that day for Nebraska which is why Upper Deck is creating a limited number of promotional blow-up rookie cards for Jack to sign and use for charitable purposes. Upper Deck is proud to play a small role increasing awareness in Jack’s cause and we are excited to be a part of ‘Team Jack!’”
Upper Deck will release information on the bidding process for Hoffman's cards at a later date. Nebraska welcomed Hoffman into its program in 2011, not long after he was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer. Running back Rex Burkhead befriended the youngster, eventually spearheading a "Team Jack" campaign which raises money to fight Hoffman's condition.