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Not a dry eye in house as seven-year-old with cancer scores unforgettable touchdown

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Try not to cry as you watch little Jack Hoffman score on a long touchdown run during the University of Nebraska's spring match.

Nebraska held its annual Red-White Spring Game (an exhibition match between players at the University) on Saturday and the star of the contest was the 7-year-old boy.

Jack Hoffman is a diehard Nebraska fan battling brain cancer. Last season, he formed a bond with Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead and has become an inspiration for the team ever since.

So, during the fourth quarter of the spring game, Hoffman, who was dressed in a Nebraska uniform complete with an oversized helmet (no pads), lined up in the backfield, got the hand off and ran the ball in for a long touchdown.

It was the highlight of the game.

The rest of the Nebraska team met Hoffman in the end zone and lifted him in the air. He was then greeted by coaches as he returned to the sideline, including coach Bo Pelini, who gave Hoffman an "atta boy" and a helmet tap.

What an amazing moment for that young man, and what a fantastic gesture by Nebraska, which had grown men weeping openly in the stands.

It’s getting a little dusty in here.

Graham Watson | Dr. Saturday | Yahoo! Sport

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