7-year-old Cancer Survivor Scores Greatest Touchdown Ever

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    bradl

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    Top this, NFL. I dare you.

    http://sports.omaha.com/2013/04/06/jack-hoffman-7-stars-at-nu-spring-game/

    And yes, it went viral. There are clips on youtube. First one is them drawing up the play, which they pulled out of their heads in less than 30 seconds. The other is the play. WARNING: get some tissue ready; man tears included.



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    Wow, that was amazing. Pass the tissue. :eek: After seeing how often we treat each other so badly, it is refreshing to see people acting with kindness and compassion.
     
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    This is what I miss from being so far from home. This was huge back home in Omaha (undoubtedly), but here's how far it hit:

    http://www.huskers.com//ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=207095760

    Personally, while I think having Alyssa Milano cheering you on, Larry telling him that Mater was cheering him on is my favourite.

    Sorry for making this so long winded, but damn it if I haven't gone through a box of kleenex already! :eek: :)

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    It was a lovely gesture on the part of the kids on both teams.:)
     
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    Great story. I like when children are given the opportunity to live out dreams when their lives and potential are cut short.
     
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    Saw this earlier. It was very sweet.
     
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    Saw this earlier. Gets better each time. :)
     
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    Any person or persons who would do such a special thing for a child will always have my utmost respect. Kindness at its best.
     
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    Awesome. That pretty much sums it up for me. Great video.......
     
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    All political ideologies aside (save it for PRSI), when the POTUS requests personal time with you, it's a good idea to take him up on his offer.

    With that, Jack's spotlight and that of pediatric cancer just got bigger.

    http://www.omaha.com/article/201304...-star-jack-hoffman-meets-with-president-obama

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    Warming. Was he cured or just a "survivor"? I've seen stuff like this done with the make a wish foundation. Still great.

    Edit: this is taking it too far IMHO.
     
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    That was awesome!
     
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    Not cured. He is still undergoing treatment. And though what he has done may be similar to what the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants to kids, he took the long way around, befriended a football player at Nebraska, and started his own team/cause to bring pediatric brain cancer to light.

    The difference is that in Make-A-Wish, this could have just been disregarded as just another child to help (I don't subscribe to that), and move on to the next kid and their wish. With TeamJack, the entire football team took him under their wing, and that is what got the attention of ESPN, especially during the Red/White game.

    Which part? Making Congress and those with the ability to do something aware of cancer in children, or UDE making a card for him, further raising awareness so that other people are aware and can help to find a cure?

    If those are going too far, then I'm not the only one who would love to see those taken to the extreme and then some.

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    It is a great story, I just don't take the ESPY's serious, they are just like the MTV awards.
     
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    I don't think anybody really does, but when it can raise awareness for something like pediatric cancer, let alone the type of cancer Jack has, any awareness is a good thing.

    Good case in point: While it was only a Feel good thing symbolically, at least it got Congress in agreement to pass a resolution about Jack, let alone contribute to cancer research.

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    Stories like this restore my faith in mankind.
     
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    Awesome

    This is really awesome and inspiring.:)
     
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    This was awesome, but tell me you wouldn't have laughed if one of the safeties lit him up on the goaline. Yes, I know, that's horrible, but if he was in on it, that would have been truly hilarious.
     
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    So is that your forum thing? Posting cringeworthy unfunny things I mean.
     
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    I sure as hell wouldn't laugh, because such a hit could have killed this child. Do you think that a 7 year old dying is funny?

    If so, I would say you have some soul searching to do.

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    Jack Hoffman's Cancer is in Remission!

    The title of the article says it all. And I hope it stays that way. Kids like him, let alone anyone with his or any similar condition, deserve their shot at life. And I hope he lives a long one.

    http://www.omaha.com/article/201310...03/1685#jack-hoffman-s-cancer-is-in-remission

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    Poor angles taken by everyone on that swiss cheese D.:eek:
     
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    Very very nice. And such "make him feel good" is equality important for recovery as any pharmaceutical product. Touching it is.
     
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    sorry. was supposed to be a PM.
     

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