Spring Football Game

Taylor Martinez (3) guides Jack Hoffman to the right spot for his play in the second half of the Nebraska Red-White spring football game at Memorial Stadium. More than 7.6 million people have watched the play on YouTube. Jack, now 8, has battled brain cancer for the past two years.

Andy Hoffman -- father of Nebraska's most famous 8-year-old boy -- fought to control his optimism after learning this week his son's cancer was in remission.

“We're excited about yesterday's news, but we're not going to let our highs get too high,” he said Thursday.

His son, Jack, grabbed hearts and headlines April 6 when he ran the football at Memorial Stadium for a spring game touchdown.

Jack's tumor has not grown in the three months since his last chemotherapy treatment, but only about a third of pediatric brain cancer patients in remission won't relapse.

Now, his family prays Jack is among the fortunate one-third. And they praised the hundreds and thousands of Jack's fans who have said prayers for him.

“I can't help but think it's got something to do with the thousands of Husker fans praying for us,” Andy Hoffman said.

Jack’s doctors will continue to monitor his inoperable tumor. For now, they don't plan to continue chemotherapy.

Jack Hoffman is to appear as the grand marshal of Friday's Homecoming parade at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Andy Hoffman said his family will continue raising money for pediatric brain cancer research through the Team Jack Foundation.

“Our work is not done,” he said.

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Reach Kevin Abourezk at 402-473-7225 or kabourezk@journalstar.com.


I'm a Journal Star night editor and father of five.

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