Everyone remembers Jack Hoffman and the special moment his favorite football team, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, gave him during the team’s 2013 spring game.
There have been other instances in the past year where other football programs have honored other children. These moments may not be able to cure these children from the horrible afflictions they have to endure, but the football teams can give each of them a special moment they’ll never forget as they continue to fight.
Colorado State didn’t give nine-year old Jack Miller a moment. Instead, the Rams named him an honorary member of the team. Miller is even listed on the Rams’ official roster as a running back wearing No. 1.
“Jack is a big part of our family, and we all are honored that he chose us to be his teammates,” Rams head coach Jim McElwain said on the team website. “Part of this whole deal in life is understanding what it takes and what it is to give of yourself to somebody else. I can’t tell you how enjoyable it is, after a game, to see Jack in the locker room wearing his Rams jersey, and that smile on his face. He has taught all of us so much about toughness, determination and embracing life.”
Miller suffers from brain tumors. A malady he has battled the past six years. His connection to the Rams was made through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.
“It’s unbelievable how strong that kid is and how much of an inspiration he is to me and my teammates,” Former Colorado State center Weston Richburg said.
Let’s all hope Miller is an honorary member of the Rams for a long time to come.
(Photo courtesy of Colorado State’s athletic department)