Congratulations to Nebraska’s Jack Hoffman for winning ESPN’s 2013 ESPY Award for Best Moment. Jack, who almost died of respiratory failure in April of 2011, underwent two brain surgeries and chemotherapy to treat brain cancer, stole the show at Nebraska’s Spring Red-White Game. On the last play of the game, Jack ran 69 yards to score a touchdown. The play was surprise to the packed-stadium.
JACK AND THE RUN
ESPN’s, as part of the ESPY Award Nomination process, did a very good video story about Jack and his “Run” at the 2013 Nebraska Husker’s Spring Red-White Game:
Nebraska even listed Jack’s statistics for the Red-White game:
After the game, Husker Coach Bo Pelini said about Jack:
Sometimes our kids feel like, ‘Wow! Football is tough and it’s difficult.’ Football is hard. But when you compare it to what a 7-year-old like Jack is going through, it pales in comparison.
Since the “Run” Jack has been everywhere serving as a model of determination. The Twitter Account, @SEC_Logo even created a 2013 NCAA Football Game cover for him:
2013 ESPY AWARDS
On July 17, 2013, Jack was at ESPN’s ESPYs awards as a nominee for the Best Moment ESPY. There were 4 “moments” that were up for the ESPY:
- Alex Morgan, Winning goal vs. Canada in Olympic semifinal
- Andy Murray, Winning at Wimbledon, gold medal in Olympics
- Jack Hoffman, TD run in Nebraska spring game
- Chuck Pagano, Returning to Colts
Jack won the award easily. His Dad, Alex, spoke at the ESPY’s while Jack held the trophy. Taylor Martinez, Nebraska’s senior starting Quarterback, posed with Jack and the Trophy after and tweeted a picture.
You can follow or learn more about Jack:
Congratulations Jack on winning the ESPY and, more importantly, showing us what real strength and courage is really about. Also, thank you Rex Burkhead, Coach Pelini, the entire Husker team and the rest of Husker Nation for letting us all get to know Jack.
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Keep running Jack. You are a model for all of us.