Run Jack Run

LLMPapa posted a feel good vid:

I know this is O/T, but we spend so much time talking about what’s wrong in this crazy world, take a moment and watch something that’s as RIGHT as anything I’ve seen in a long, long time.

From yesterday’s Nebraska Cornhusker’s annual Spring Game:

Run Jack Run!

113 Responses to Run Jack Run

  1. racerrodig says:

    That is just great, where did you ever find that clip.
    “Just follow me….Jack” Ok guys…….you hold those blocks and watch me rip down the sideline !!
    Got the chalk board out and everything !!

  2. LLMPapa says:

    Thought ya’ll might like to see this. It’s Jack on the sidelines getting his touchdown play call. Listen for the big lineman that says:

    “Just follow me, Jack”

  3. Malisha says:

    “Jocks behaving beautifully!”

  4. annahkonda says:

    That video made my heart sing!

  5. Judy75201 says:

    You sure have some great people following you, Fred and Crane-Station.

  6. LLMPapa says:

    When I posted this vid yesterday morning, it had been on YouTube less than 17 hours and had 344,000 views. Now, 24 hours later, the view count is OVER TWO MILLION!

    It strengthens my soul to see this.

    • Nef05 says:

      This is such a great video. The love and compassion on display is awesome indeed. It’s been a rough couple of days in my household, but this wonderful video brought tears to my face and put a smile in my heart. Thank you so much for posting it.

    • cielo62 says:

      LLMPapa~ Yes! Too much bad news nowadays. It warms and revives the heart to see a selfless act of kindness.

  7. Two sides to a story says:

    I dedicate this to all you Trayvon warriors, courtesy of Albert Einstein –

    Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others . . . for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.

    — Albert Einstein

  8. Mary Davis says:

    @ Racer. I’ll let you know what flight i’ll be on.

  9. Judy75201 says:

    OK, this has completely fucked up my makeup. Well, I don’t wear makeup, but still…

    Stellar.

  10. PiranhaMom says:

    To all — and to Jack:

    LOVE CARES.

    CARERS LOVE.

    With the apparent new success of Jack’s chemo, I hope Jack gets to be “junior coach” on some team for his age group.

    He has a lot to share.

    Thanks, Papa, for a beautiful report.

    Made way mo’ than our day.

  11. I just cannot stop crying. How very touching! So touched my heart!

  12. **crying again**

    This touched my heart.

  13. ay2z says:

    To Jack, no one, no thing, can stop you from achieving anything you dare to dream.

    “Rudy is a profound example of the human ability to surmount obstacles and achieve success”

    UVUSA Student Senator Billy Swadley.

  14. Tzar says:

    I am at 24 seconds of the video and there is already too much awesome (cuteness) to bear.

  15. ay2z says:

    Reminded me of Rudy Rudiger, the small football player who fough attitudes from his family, to the system, to learning disabilities, to his physical stature and lack of talent.

    A child with brain cancer has to be such a fighter, and he made his fieldgoal with the support of his team on the field, just as Rudy did in the feel good moment in the film about fighting for the dream.

    For Jack, his dream is to live, and that day, that moment, and forever, his life was full to overflowing.

  16. cielo62 says:

    One thing that really caught my eye was how gently one of the players redirected Jack to run in the right direction. You can’t fake that kind of affection. There is hope for the world.

    • ay2z says:

      It was, afterall, HIS team!

    • racerrodig says:

      That was cool and I can tell you that little boy was scared stiff. You can’t get any better than that. One of the Little League teams I coached had a boy with disabilities and the head coach knew the family so he drafted him. It was real hard getting him into a game and all players must play 6 defensive outs and bat in order. The whole team was in agony over this kids issues but we worked hard at coaching him and trying to get him in games where he wouldn’t get hurt as the priority. Turns out we were the #1 seed going into the playoffs and our last game was meaningless,

      We talked to the other manager and we had Chris, the boy with the disabilities pitch an inning. We agreed to let him pitch from about 1/2 distance and he struck out the side. We just told him fire the ball at the glove……There was not a dry eye in the park….. The fact that the other side just hacked at his pitches and told him constantly “great pitch” “You got me dude” and the like was real heart warming. The head coach even made a trip to the mount for no reason to cue him in on the clean up hitters tendencies. Seeing him look up to the coach in rapt attention, nodding up & down was just to much. Listening to his teammates give him “…you own him..” & “…he’s afraid of you Chris…” “…Just set him down babe…he’s yours…” was just so cool. He sucked up every moment.

      As the scorekeeper, I grabbed him when he came off all full of pride and showed him his numbers. I have that score book to this day. He faced 4 batters, 3 strike outs, he hit one batter, despite the batter saying no, he didn’t, on 15 pitches. His parents took at least 50 pictures and video…….That poor little boy died before the next season started. We “drafted” him and kept his uniform jersey hanging in the dugout every game that year. I cry when I think about those 2 seasons. Seeing him walk up at the awards ceremony for his 1st place trophy was amazing. We had awards for fielding, hitting, pitching etc for every game and since he really couldn’t contribute, we’d make an award for him from time to time.

      His parents knew we put him in the outfield at times when we knew the other teams worst hitters were up. They never complained. We’d coach him the whole time about paying attention, get to the, or under the ball and all that. The few times a ball was hit his way, thankfully it was a slow roller he could at least keep from getting behind him. he didn’t have an arm to throw anyone out, but he was just happy to be on the field “with the boys”

      My son and the “big kid” on the team, John, really carried the load with near flawless pitching & hitting. Chris saw what was really going on and was a tremendous cheerleader. He never asked to play any specific position and listened to every word any of us coaches said. We gave him the Best Team Spirit award many times but the kids demanded we make him the season MVP.

      This is is what life is about…..

      • cielo62 says:

        Racer- damn you, too. I’m crying again. You realize that EVERYBODY came away blessed from the whole experience, not just the little boy and his family. The boys you coached learned true compassion. Those seeds grow into amazing lives. Thank you Racer. I owe you a big hug for filling my heart.

        Sent from my iPod

        • racerrodig says:

          I think about that all the time. Just a few days ago my son and I were talking about “the old days” of 5 years ago and this very thing. I don’t remember what Chris had but he lived his dream playing that one year. We drafted him in March and he passed away a few days before the 1st game in April. His parents really took it well and attended every game. That was so heartbreaking to be a coach, and hear them cheering louder than any of the other parents. But we hung his Jersey in the dugout to honor him and the kids would touch it when going up to bat and when things got tough. They dedicated the season to him on their own. When we had team pictures taken, we had his jersey laid out in front with the crossed bats at the top and his name is included in everything.

          As coaches we decided to put his name in the batting order for every game and just entered “DNP” (did not play)

          I cry every time I talk about it. But when I look at the score book and read his pitcher stats and know that was his moment in the sun, it tears me up. Kids shouldn’t die young like that.

          • cielo62 says:

            Racer- you are an awesome human being. Don’t take this wrong, but I love you. 😉 But you are right; no parents should ever bury their child. For any reason.

            Sent from my iPod

          • racerrodig says:

            I stand humbly and say thank you.

      • Mary Davis says:

        @ Racer. You just won my heart.

        • racerrodig says:

          Thank you for the sentiment, but it’s all about the kids. Maybe I’m a softy but I had my days in the sun playing sports and most who play past the kids level have some ego to feed. Chris had none and just wanted to be on a team and contribute.

          In fact, all of them have what are loosely called “Try Outs” but everyone makes a team. He was graded last in every category but we drafted him twice because it was the right thing.

          • PiranhaMom says:

            @Racer,

            Youth sports are way mo’ about building character than about developing future professional athletes.

            You did that BIG TIME, good buddy.

          • racerrodig says:

            I realized that from day one. When my son signed up for his 1st year I volunteered as a a coach and loved every minute. These kids can be so much fun in what they do and say.

            Teaching them the right thing wasn’t that hard even though in the beginning I thought it would be. The hard part was dealing with the parents of kids who couldn’t play but mom and dad saw a superstar.

          • cielo62 says:

            Racer- the “helicopter” parents, always hovering overhead. Their perfect Angels can never do any wrong. Yeah. I hate ’em.

            Sent from my iPod

          • racerrodig says:

            Yep…..Jimmy, that 060 batting average and nagging dad & mom will get you the lead off spot every time.

            Needless to say, all those errors help greatly also, but mom & dad never see those.

          • PiranhaMom says:

            @Racer.

            Yep, Racer, often the problem with “problem kids” is the problem parents.

            Ask any teacher.

          • cielo62 says:

            PirhanaMom- PREACH IT SISTER!

            Sent from my iPod

          • racerrodig says:

            As a coach and the score keeper……I had many of these…

            PP (Problem Parent) “:……why can’t you put my son as the 3rd batter”

            rr “Well, we’d like to, but the head coach and I have this all worked out according to their hitting, speed, and power”

            PP “Yeah, well XXXXXXX is better than the top of the order, why is he next to last”

            rr “Here, let me show you the latest stat sheet, (paper rustling) here, here it is. See XXXXXXX is only hitting .058, which is pretty low, now I know he gets thrown out quite a bit (he’s really overweight) but we need the top of the order getting on base.

            PP “Yeah, well he hits the ball with power (a lie) and a lot more power than your kid”

            rr “Well Scott is hitting over .800 and steals bases like crazy, Isaiah is hitting in the 700’s and has 5 home runs, Denzel (the coaches son) hits as well and has speed to burn. Our power guy John (who’s slow) hits the ball to the fence almost every at bat.
            We mix the rest of the lineup from time to time but until XXXXXXX can put the ball in play like these kids we can’t move him any higher.

            PP “And another thing, why don’t you let him pitch……”

            Yep…….that’s how it goes.

            The meek, with talent, shall inherit the top of the order.

          • PiranhaMom says:

            @ Racer,

            The tragedy here, Racer, is not what this does to the team’s score; the tragedy is what it does to that kid’s future.

            “Never enable your kid. Help them to enable themselves.”

            I just made that up.

            But my son will agree.

          • racerrodig says:

            You are dead on. We always worked the conversation into, he needs to work harder, take advice from the coaches and the better players.

          • cielo62 says:

            PirhanaMom- x2!

            Sent from my iPod

        • cielo62 says:

          Mary Davis- sorry but he’s not available. 😉

          Sent from my iPod

  17. cielo62 says:

    DAMN you got me crying!! That was AWESOME! BOTH TEAMS in on it and making it look good!

  18. Bill Taylor says:

    this is why people that bash athletes anger me……the vast majority of athletes are very good people that would do exactly what you just saw.

    • racerrodig says:

      And having known quite a few athletes in my life, you are correct.

    • ay2z says:

      At the core, isn’t it just stereotyping?

      • Bill Taylor says:

        stereotyping has been given a bad “name” when in reality it is nothing bad at all…….to become a stereotype there has to be a large portion of truth in it…….

        as in red headed people tend to get sun burn easily, that is simple reality and not a comment in any way about the person, and does NOT apply to all red heads.

        that is where stereotyping goes bad = when people try to apply it to the individual of the given group.

        the common “stereotype” is athletes to many people is arrogant thugs, which does apply to the FEW that get the headlines, but in reality is FALSE about the vast majority of that group.

    • I’m an athlete too.

      Don’t think I have mentioned this on the blog, but I was a member of a Top Ten swim team in college (U of Wisconsin, 1965-69) and I won the 200 meter butterfly for my age group at the 1992 Summer USA Masters National Championships in Seattle.

      I can still get up and down the pool pretty quick for a geezer but haven’t swum competitively since ’92.

      I hung out with athletes, yeah. Some good people there.

      • Bill Taylor says:

        sorta figured that may be the case with you Frederick, you were in college when i was in high school, and lew alcindor(kareem abdul jabbar) was in college those same years as you…..i didnt like the rules change they made after his freshman year, they outlawed the DUNK, and i had just started dunking at the end of my freshman year…..since you shared some of your history i will as well, records i set in 1968/9 in high school still stand today….32 rebounds in one game will be tough to beat, 38 points in one half also tough, almost 800 rebounds in a season may not get beat, and near 2000 for career rebounding still stands.

      • Tzar says:

        @ Bill
        Well Damn!

      • racerrodig says:

        I didn’t know that…..way cool. I’m 57 and still play football with my sons friends and run coaching baseball.

      • Bill Taylor says:

        limited to bowling now, but have had some success at that game, actually thinking about bowling in the PBA senior tour event at the end of this month, in birmingham alabama…been practicing trying to build my stamina, and did bowl 8 games in one session a week or so ago….as a super senior(over 60) there is a chance i could get my entry fee back since they pay extra checks for the supers that dont make the cut.

      • two sides to a story says:

        I was on our HS girls first track team, but was no sprinter. We had no cross country, what I’m good at. Still have way more stamina than speed . . .

      • Bill Taylor says:

        the muscles types allows me to answer a question about the NBA…..we have 2 types of muscles, for movement, fast twitch which give quick bursts of power and slow twitch which are not as powerful but have great stamina……i have a very large portion of those fast twitch type and could jump consistently 44 inches vertical and some leaps went much higher, but the training required for the endurance gave me fits, i knew early on there was no way i could train enough to compete at that level, so was happy to get a free college education from those basketball efforts, actually i did play one baseball game in college and senior year i stopped basketball because of my back injury but won a golf scholarship so played golf only that last year.

      • two sides to a story says:

        Ha, Cielo, you have those fast, twitchy muscles!

  19. vickie s. votaw says:

    Can’t see to type!

  20. Rachael says:

    I don’t know a single thing about football, but that is the sweetest thing I ever saw (are you allowed to say something like that about football? I know it isn’t a macho thing to say, but dang that WAS sweeeeeeet).

    • You all have thoughtful comments says:

      Oh, how beautifully touching!

      • You all have thoughtful comments says:

        <blockquoteJust four days ago, the family of Jack Hoffman updated their Caring Bridge page from Boston.

        Hoffman, 7, was diagnosed with brain cancer in April of 2011 as chemotherapy and two surgeries has shrunk the tumor to the point where the family is pleased with stability.

        Little did the family know, just four days later, this boy would be a star in Lincoln, Neb. and eventually the entire country.

        • racerrodig says:

          True hero’s are the ones who put that together. I’ve been there with a Little Leaguer….

          • I used to coach an age group swim team with about 150 kids, ages 6 to 16. We had a 7-year-old who swam in the 8 and under category. He was diagnosed with leukemia several months before the start of the summer season. We kept him on the team. He was everybody’s little brother and we were with him every step of the way toward our championship trophy. He got the trophy.

          • racerrodig says:

            150 kids !!!!!!! Wow ! Funny how the one who tugs at our hearts the most and has some issue rates so high.

    • two sides to a story says:

      Oh, I don’t tear up easily, but . . . *words caught in throat*

  21. Malamiyya says:

    When people set their egos aside, wonderful things can happen.

  22. racerrodig says:

    That is just phenomenal that all the players and coaches got together and did something that will be the highlight of Jack and his families life. That’s far better than an athlete or celebrity visiting a sick child. Involvement !! Way Kool…

    • Jun says:

      That was hella bad ass

      Much props to all of them

      • racerrodig says:

        Got that right !! If you never coached or had a kid on your kids team with a disability, you really don’t know the real deal. It can be heartbreaking. And talking with the parents who know he / she may have little time left on this planet and all they want is for their child to be with the normal kids for awhile…….and never show their fear.

        • cielo62 says:

          Racer- the parents never show their fear, but you know it’s there. Compassion and kindness are the foundations of the world.

          Sent from my iPod

          • racerrodig says:

            I’ll just guess they knew and there was no miracle to expect. When Chris wanted to sign up for baseball, what could they do? Fortunately they knew the guy who drafted him and that went a long way. There are always kids who just can’t play and don’t care, but Chris really cared about the team. Such a shame. He was a blue eyed, blonde haired handsome kid.

            We used my PA system for the awards back then and to hear our head coach call his name and the applause with all those watts behind it……..long & loud, when I handed him his trophy……My God…..emotions.

      • Malisha says:

        Yeah. That’s REAL mentoring! Go TEAM!

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