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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Jack Hoffman wins ESPY for best moment

By Adam Rittenberg

Spring games are typically among the lest memorable events on the college football calendar. They're long on pageantry and short on drama and information. When many of you ask me which spring games I'll be attending in a given year, my standard answer is zero.

But I wish I had been in Lincoln, Neb., on April 6, for the Red-White Game. Nebraska's spring game is one we'll never forget, thanks to Jack Hoffman, a 7-year-old brain cancer patient and Husker football fan. Hoffman's 69-yard touchdown run in the third quarter sent Husker fans to their feet. The inspirational Hoffman quickly became a national celebrity.

Best moment in spring football this year? No doubt. Best moment in spring football history? Probably.

The scoring dash reached another level Wednesday night as Hoffman earned an ESPY award for best moment in sports. Jack and his father, Andy, accepted the award. Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, who handed Hoffman the ball for his touchdown run, also was on hand.

Hoffman recently went through his last round of chemotherapy.

Congrats to Jack on the ESPY. Well deserved.