Jack Hoffman, the 7-year-old cancer patient who scored a touchdown during the Nebraska Spring football game, now has a rookie card that encapsulates all that is right with America. The card maker proposed the question of a Hoffman rookie card on Twitter on April 8th and delivered today.
“Jack is the type of inspirational athlete who absolutely deserves an Upper Deck rookie card,” said Chris Carlin, Upper Deck’s sports marketing manager. “Upper Deck does not want to risk Jack’s amateur status with the NCAA so the card we created will not be part of a mainstream trading card release. Jack had a larger than life moment on the field that day for Nebraska which is why Upper Deck is creating a limited number of promotional blow-up rookie cards for Jack to sign and use for charitable purposes. Upper Deck is proud to play a small role increasing awareness in Jack’s cause and we are excited to be a part of ‘Team Jack!’”
“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.”
The blown-up version below will be sent to Jack to autograph and will be used for charitable purposes. If you’re concerned for Hoffman’s eligibility – and given the clumsy NCAA, you should be – Upper Deck isn’t putting his card in packets.
[via Upper Deck]