Photo: Seven-year-old football star visits White House
April 29th, 2013
04:10 PM ET
9 years ago

Photo: Seven-year-old football star visits White House

(CNN) - Jack Hoffman, the 7-year-old who famously scored a touchdown during the Nebraska Cornhuskers spring game earlier this month, visited the White House Monday and had a chat with the president in the Oval Office.

Star running back Rex Burkhead befriended the young football fan and brain cancer patient last year. Burkhead helped create a play on the field in which Hoffman could run a 69-yard touchdown.

The stadium erupted in cheers and the team hoisted Hoffman on their shoulders–all seen in video that quickly went viral. Hoffman wore a miniature Burkhead uniform, with the same No. 22.

In the photo, released Modnay by the White House, Hoffman is wearing the same jersey and holds a football signed by the president.

Obama Greets 7-year-old Cancer Patient

Photo by Pete Souza/White House

Filed under: Nebraska • President Obama
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Obama Photo: 1

    McConnell Photo: 0


    April 29, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    Get a case for that football Jack. You're holding onto a piece of history that you happen to be apart of.

    April 29, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    I'm sure there is some rightie who is screaming that boy did not earn that touchdown.

    April 29, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. PJ

    That picture says it all. I wish Mr. Rex Burkhead was in it.
    Good luck, Jack Hoffman and prayers for your recovery.
    Thanks Ticker for this very special story!

    April 29, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |

    Cute kid. 🙂

    April 29, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Darryl

    Gee, Why isn't there any NASTY comments from the RE-TARDS hereyet ? The POTUS is the BEST !!!

    April 29, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Zerubbabel

    It's all about the humanity.

    April 29, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Wes

    The Real Tom Paine

    I'm sure there is some rightie who is screaming that boy did not earn that touchdown
    And some leftie is screaming someone else made that touchdown happen.

    That said, God bless you Jack and way to go Nebraska!

    April 29, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. ME

    Gee another photo opp for the president.....what a surprise. Good luck kid, I wish you a speedy recovery and all the best!!!!

    April 29, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Name VA865

    no matter what this president does,it'll NEVER BE ENOUGH,GOD HELP US!!

    April 29, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. LOL

    @Name VA865....what are you talking about, what does he do????.....nothing! All he does it these photo opps and no real work!!! That is why everyone calls him the celebrity president.....get a clue!!!

    April 29, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Wake up People!

    This is just one reason why I love our President! Congratulations Jack on your TD cutie pie. Good luck with your recovery.

    April 29, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. Ghostwriter

    In related news, the 7 year old Hoffman was courted by republicans as a possible contender for the White House in 2016. Republican leaders thought the young Hoffman certainly was as qualified as any grown up in the field and twice as intelligent.

    April 29, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  14. Pete

    God bless Jack Hoffman and Pres.Obama as well..I know someone out there is cursing me right now but who cares,this kids life I care about and yes I'm also a stage 4 cancer survivor..Cancer is only a word ,not a sentence,again Jack God Bless buddy!!Thanks again to the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team you're what sports are all about!!

    April 29, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. sassysticks53

    Beautiful photo! Right wingers going on the attack in 3, 2, 1!

    April 29, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. NameLib hater

    Wow 10 people have something to say on a good story. Libs have no feelings. It's all about them.

    April 29, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |