OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — As a child with pediatric brain cancer, Jack Hoffman was adopted by Husker Nation. At the spring game, he got on the field and scored a touchdown that warmed all of our hearts as we pulled for him. Now, he's been given the chance to do that again, as a legitimate college athlete.
According to Midland University, they've offered the eighth-grader a four-year, tuition free scholarship after he visited the campus today.
It's thanks, in part, to Midlands University Football Coach Jeff Jamrog who was the Assistant Athletics Director of Football Operations for UNL at the time.
“We were in a staff meeting the night before and talking about some fun things we could do during the spring game,” Jamrog said. “That’s when I said ‘what about giving Jack a carry?’ Coach (Bo) Pelini, Rex and Jack’s parents (Andy and Bri) were all on board with it. He showed a lot of guts as a 7-year-old to be willing to step on that field.”
Beyond loving football, Jamrog believes Hoffman has what it takes to be a part of the team.
“He brings everything you look for in a recruit - his dedication, toughness, character, and he comes from a great family,” Jamrog said. “Those are traits that are tough to come by.”
When asked how he felt about the offer, Hoffman said, "It means everything,” he said. “How many kids get an offer from a college like this, especially from Midland.”