Boy who scored in Nebraska spring game learns cancer is in remission (video)

October 7, 2013

Jack Hoffman was the star of Nebraska’s spring game. (Ryan Soderlin / AP)

Little Jack Hoffman, the 8-year-old cancer patient who scored a touchdown in Nebraska’s spring game and made off with everyone’s hearts, has learned that his brain cancer is in remission.

Hoffman, diagnosed with the disease in April 2011, underwent over a year of chemotherapy and, in addition to scoring in the 2012 spring game, visited President Obama in the White House, appeared on a number of national TV programs and even won an ESPY for best sports moment. Video of him scoring before a crowd of 60,000 has been viewed over 8 million times on YouTube.

“We’re so incredibly thankful that the chemo seems to have done its job, and the tumor is stable,” Hoffman’s father, Andy, told the Omaha World-Herald. “Hopefully it’s knocked out for good.”

He will have an MRI every three months for a year, then twice a year if those are clear, then once a year. Next week, his chemo port will be removed.

“He associates getting rid of that chemo port with getting his life back, his little boy life back,” Andy Hoffman said.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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Cindy Boren · October 7, 2013