Obama meets with 7-year-old cancer patient and star of Nebraska spring game

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

Jack Hoffman, the 7-year-old cancer patient whose touchdown run during the University of Nebraska’s spring scrimmage was heart-warming, visited the White House on Monday.

(Official White House photo by Pete Souza) (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

Jack, who is from Atkinson, Neb., and is undergoing treatment for brain cancer, met with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office and “he told me that that was a nice run that I did,” Jack told Omaha.com.

Jack’s 69-yard run was set up by Rex Burkhead, who befriended him last year and leads the Team Jack support network. Burkhead, who was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the NFL draft over the weekend, joined Jack, his parents and two sisters at the White House.

“It was just such a great opportunity for us to visit [Obama] and raise national awareness for pediatric brain cancer,” Jack’s father, Andy, told the Associated Press. “He talked about his commitment to research and science.”

Naturally, Obama asked Jack about that TD run. “I told him that it was awesome,” Jack said.

That it was.

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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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