Upper Deck Prints Special Cards in Honor of Nebraska 7-Year-Old Hero

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterApril 16, 2013

Photo Credit: Upper Deck Facebook
Photo Credit: Upper Deck Facebook

Upper Deck is printing rare cards for a very special fan. 

Yahoo! Sports reports that the company is releasing cards that will have every college football fan smiling, recalling one of the best moments during the current offseason. 

Per a release on its Facebook page, Upper Deck unveils its special "rookie card" for Jack Hoffman, a 7-year-old Nebraska fan who delighted fans with his touchdown run during the recent spring game. 

Here is the card of a young athlete who continues to inspire those well beyond the realm of college football. 

For those uninitiated, Hoffman is a young Nebraska fan who, according to a Yahoo! Sports report, formed a bond with running back Rex Burkhead. 

Hoffman is a brain cancer survivor and was featured in the recent spring game. In the fourth quarter, the team brought the amazing young man onto the field to take a handoff, one he would run all the way for a touchdown. 

As if the story couldn't get anymore wonderful, Upper Deck is pledging to help raise awareness and donations to fight pediatric brain cancer. 

Blown-up versions of the cards will be signed by the pint-sized hero and auctioned off to fight cancer. Here is more from the Upper Deck release:

“We are humbled that a prestigious sports card company like Upper Deck would take such an interest in our son Jack,” said Andy Hoffman, Jack’s father. “We are so thankful for their interest in joining our family in the fight against pediatric brain cancer.With their help, we will be able to keep moving the ball forward by getting this devastating disease elevated onto the national agenda.”

Team Jack will be releasing details on how fans can bid on these signed promotional cards in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Upper Deck encourages everyone to check out the “Team Jack” official website and to like the “Team Jack” Facebook page. Together we hope we can find a cure for pediatric brain cancer.

The season is still months away, but we already have the best moment of the year. It's nearly impossible to forget Hoffman's marvelous touchdown run. 

However, Upper Deck is doing their best to keep the goodwill going with their special rookie cards, raising awareness for an ongoing disease that demands your attention. 

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