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8-year-old Nebraska superfan and ESPY winner has cancer recurrence

The 8-year-old who received national attention for his touchdown run in the 2013 Nebraska Cornhusker’s spring football game has had a recurrence of brain cancer.

Jack Hoffman, from Atkinson, Neb., had been in remission since October. His father, Andy, said doctors found a “spot of concern” in Jack’s brain in April, and follow-up tests in Boston on Wednesday showed the tumor had grown.

"Today, we were humbly reminded that when your child has an inoperable brain tumor, that anything can happen at any point in time," Andy Hoffman wrote. "Despite Jack's tumor being declared in remission last October, today we learned that is no longer the case."

Jack’s touchdown won an ESPY Award for best sports moment of 2013. Players mobbed him and lifted him on their shoulders in triumph after his 69-yard run. The video of the play has been replayed on national TV and viewed more than 8 million times on YouTube.

After receiving the news, a post appeared on the Team Jack Facebook page Wednesday:

Thank you everyone for your well wishes, text messages, posts, and most of all prayers. While today was a tough day, we remain extremely hopeful. After getting some crummy news, about the only thing a person can do is go and eat a hot fudge brownie sundae. So that's what we did, as shown in this picture.

For those interested in learning about the serious side of our day, please go to: www.Caringbridge.org/visit/jackhoffman -- again, thanks for the prayers.

Have a great evening and thank you again for your amazing support.

Team Jack – Pray

Andy Hoffman wrote on Jack’s CaringBridge page that the tumor would be treated with chemotherapy.

“Thank you everyone for your prayers and support. Jack is doing great,” he wrote.  “This is a mild setback and everyone remains optimistic for Jack, including and especially his Mom and Dad.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.