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Boy with cancer scores big with Cornhuskers fans

Monday - 4/8/2013, 11:27pm  ET

CORRECTS JACK HOFFMAN AGE TO 7, NOT 6 AS ORIGINALLY SENT - Nebraska's Taylor Martinez (3) guides seven-year-old Jack Hoffman, of Atkinson, Neb., down the field for his touchdown play during a special segment dedicated to Hoffman during the second half of the Red-White Spring Game Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Memorial Stadium. Hoffman, of Atkinson has won the hearts of fans and everyone in the football program for his courageous bout with brain cancer. (AP Photo/Lincoln Journal Star, Matt Ryerson)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Standing barely chest-high to his Nebraska teammates, 7-year-old Jack Hoffman was the star of the Cornhuskers' spring game this weekend after taking home the title of leading rusher.

And now his 69-yard touchdown, along with his story about fighting brain cancer, is attracting millions of fans.

Video of Jack dressed in a full Nebraska uniform, charging down the field Saturday before more than 60,000 fans, had been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube by Monday. It also aired on ESPN and national news networks.

His father says he hopes Jack's memorable touchdown will highlight the need for more research into pediatric brain cancer.

Jack, who lives in Atkinson, Neb., was diagnosed in 2011. He's had two surgeries and is on a two-week break from a 60-week chemotherapy regimen.


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