Nebraska fan Jack Hoffman's cancer has returned

Nick Bromberg
Jack Hoffman and Rex Burkhead
Jack Hoffman stands with former Nebraska football player Rex Burkhead after meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington. (AP Photo/Courtesy Jack Hoffman,

Jack Hoffman, the Nebraska fan who ran for a touchdown as a 7-year-old during the team's spring game in 2013, is no longer in remission.

On Wednesday, his father Andy posted on the family's Caring Bridge site that Jack's cancer had returned. Hoffman has an inoperable brain tumor and had been in remission. However, the tumor has shown growth signs since April and Hoffman could need chemotherapy or surgery.

"Thank you everyone for your prayers and support.  Jack is doing great.  This is a mild setback and everyone remains optimistic for Jack, including and especially his Mom and Dad.  We love you all and can't thank you enough for your support."

The family may also consider a clinical trial in Boston.

Hoffman, now 8, got his opportunity to run for his touchdown in 2013 after he befriended former Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead in 2012. Later that April, he and Burkhead went to the White House and met President Barack Obama.

On Thursday, Hoffman went to the NFL preseason game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs. Burkhead plays for the Bengals.

In June 2013, Hoffman went to the College World Series to celebrate the last day of his round of chemotherapy. A month later, he was honored at the ESPYs, where he got to meet Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney and others.

Here's hoping for the best possible outcome for Jack. And more than a year later, his run is still pretty damn cool.

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Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!