Former Husker Rex Burkhead Still Fighting For Team Jack

Former Husker Rex Burkhead Still Fighting For Team Jack

Friday, March 6, 2015

By Katy Glover / World-Herald staff writer

Four years ago, Rex Burkhead ate lunch with a little boy diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer. Burkhead, a running back for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, was the 5-year-old's favorite player.

Now Jack Hoffman, a beloved member of Husker nation, is 9 years old and still fighting cancer but he and Burkhead are no longer strangers.

This weekend, the running back, who now plays for the Cincinnati Bengals, and a handful of other former Huskers will draw awareness to the cancer that plagues Jack at the Team Jack Foundation Gala in Lincoln.

“There’s still a cure to be found, and there’s research out there that’s needs funding,” said Burkhead, a board member of the Team Jack Foundation.

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