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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Husker fan Jack Hoffman meets Obama

By Adam Rittenberg

What a month for Jack Hoffman.

Jack Hoffman and President Obama
Barack Obama greets Jack Hoffman who gained national attention after scoring a TD in Nebraska's spring game. Hoffman is battling pediatric brain cancer.
The 7-year-old cancer patient and Nebraska Cornhusker super fan began April by providing the coolest/most inspirational/most memorable play of a spring game in college football history, when he ran 69 yards for a touchdown in the Red-White Game at Memorial Stadium. Hoffman's run quickly became the top play on "SportsCenter" and gained attention far beyond the sporting world. His incredible story of enduring two surgeries for a brain tumor, already known by many Nebraska fans, quickly spread around the country.

Hoffman's April ended with a visit to the White House, where he met President Obama.

"I thought it was awesome," Hoffman told the Associated Press.

He went to Washington with his parents and former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead, Hoffman's favorite player. Hoffman wore Burkhead's No. 22 jersey in the Oval Office.

Obama and Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer had been talking about Hoffman after the President watched Hoffman's run during the spring game. Obama told Fischer that Hoffman should come visit at the White House.

From the AP:
Jack met first with Obama, and then he introduced the president to parents Andy and Bri, little sisters Ava and Reese, and Burkhead. Obama spoke briefly to Burkhead about his NFL prospects and thanked him for all he has done for Jack. The Hoffmans, in turn, thanked Obama for meeting with them.

"It was just such a great opportunity for us to visit him and raise national awareness for pediatric brain cancer," Andy said. "He talked about his commitment to research and science."

It looks like #TeamJack has another new member, a very famous one.

The Hoffmans are scheduled to return home today. The calendar flips to May on Wednesday. For little Jack, it'll be tough to top April.