The inspirational and uplifting story of seven-year-old brain cancer patient Jack Hoffman swept the nation after the Nebraska Cornhuskers helped restore our faith in humanity and allowed him to run the final play from scrimmage during the team’s spring game on April 6. The team led Hoffman down the field for a 60-yard touchdown run that left everyone who watched the play with chills.
It was touching. It was emotional. It was everything that we love about sports.
Now, the fine folks at Upper Deck are commemorating Jack Hoffman’s run with a special edition trading card. Here is the special “Star Rookie” rookie card for Hoffman:
“Jack is the type of inspirational athlete who absolutely deserves an Upper Deck rookie card,” said Chris Carlin, Upper Deck’s sports marketing manager, via CBS Sports. “Upper Deck does not want to risk Jack’s amateur status with the NCAA so the card we created will not be part of a mainstream trading card release.”
Hoffman was diagnosed with cancer in August of 2011 and developed a friendship with Cornhuskers running back Rex Burkhead when he was having a golf ball sized tumor removed from his brain. Since then, he has kept a close relationship with the Nebraska football program and the players have been nothing short of amazing.
If you didn’t catch the incredible sports moment, you can watch the video of Hoffman’s run here: