Every once in a while, there are events when real life issues coincide with sports. In these times, we are reminded that the sport we love is just a game and people are facing much more severe circumstances. One of these instances in recent history is that with Jack Hoffman.
Bengals fans have been introduced to the seven-year-old via their rookie running back, Rex Burkhead. Hoffman and his family are nuts for Nebraska football, and Burkhead was the youngster's favorite player. Once Burkhead was apprised of Hoffman being such a young brian cancer patient and his love for Cornhusker football, the running back reached out to him and gave him full access to the team. To say that these two have forged a special relationship is putting it lightly.
Though Burkhead moved on to the NFL, Hoffman was privileged to participate in the Cornhusker spring game this year. In the third quarter, Hoffman took a handoff from quarterback Taylor Martinez and ran 69 yards for a touchdown. Guess what uniform the young Hoffman wore during the game? Burkead's No.22.
Every year, ESPN holds an annual awards show honoring the best teams, athletes and moments in the previous calendar year. The 2013 show aired earlier this week and Hoffman's touchdown run was nominated as the best event of the year. The play won as the event of the year and the youngster was the recipient of an ESPY.
Here is the video of the run, in case you haven't seen it. You'll hear the crowd go ballistic after he scores and see that he gets picked up by the players. It was a very neat and emotional moment. Or, as young Jack puts it, "super-duper awesome".