Once-in-a-lifetime touchdown for 7-year-old kid

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    LINCOLN, NE (CNN) -- A 7-year-old boy scores a touchdown during a college football game. The University of Nebraska held its spring game this weekend giving a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to a boy who is battling brain cancer.

    Coach Pelini's surprise call brought Husker Nation to its feet; 7-year-old Jack Hoffman runs in a 69-yard touchdown in front of 60,000 screaming fans, including his friend and idol, former Husker Rex Burkhead. He says, "I told him, 'Congrats,' that he looked good. I told him he needs to be the new running back here."

    Burkhead met Jack in 2011. The two quickly became friends, and Jack became one of the team's biggest inspirations, a little boy battling brain cancer. Saturday, jack moved from the sidelines onto the field. Burkhead says, "It's awesome. I mean, Jack, he's a fighter. He's a strong kid. Just to see him get our here, run around, enjoy the Husker experience, it's a dream come true, especially for kids growing up in the state of Nebraska. For Jack to get out here and do it, I know it made his day." And his dad's.

    Andy Hoffman spear-headed Team Jack to raise money and awareness for kids everywhere fighting brain cancer. Saturday was all about his son. He says, "You know, it was pretty special. It was very special. I told Coach and all these coaches, you know, they've given Jack so many once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, and to have another one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, I think, speaks volumes about Coach Pelini and the kind of program he has, and really, what he's all about as a person."

    Jack's moment will go down in history. He was Nebraska's leading rusher for the day. A game these players and coaches will never forget. Burkhead says, "It puts it all in perspective what the game's really all about. It is a game. That's why they call it a game. It's great for our players to see that there's just something bigger than this."

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