Jack Hoffman’s 69-yard touchdown run in the Nebraska Huskers Spring Game gained the 7-year-old national attention and has led to a visit with the president, in the Oval Office.
Jack, who is from Atkinson, suffers from pediatric brain cancer and has used his fame to raise awareness about the disease.
His father, Andy Hoffman, says it was an incredible event to meet President Barack Obama and spend about 15 minutes in the Oval Office with him.
“Oh, you know, the whole experience was very surreal. It still hasn’t quite sunk in,” Hoffman tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “The president was great. He came up to Jack right away. He said, ‘Hey, Jack, how are you doing?’ Just like he knew him, like they were old buds.”
Hoffman says Sen. Deb Fischer was instrumental in getting Jack the visit with the president. He says Fischer spoke with President Obama about inviting Jack to the White House during one of her dinners there.
Fischer won unanimous support earlier in the United States Senate to designate Jack’s birthday, September 26th, National Pediatric Brain Cancer Awareness Day.
Hoffman says it was surreal to meet President Obama and visit the Oval Office.
“It was really nice, very humbling to get to tell him thanks for not only the Oval Office visit, but to tell him thanks really for raising national awareness by even having the visit.”
Hoffman says the visit to the White House will go well beyond the thrill of meeting the president.
“We’re moving the ball forward and we’re getting that national conversation going about pediatric brain cancer and about all childhood cancer,” Hoffman states.
Kevin Thomas with KLIN contributed to this report.
AUDIO: Jack Hoffman talks with Drive Time Lincoln host Kevin Thomas on Jack Hoffman’s visit with President Obama. [11:40]