CINCINNATI — Every time running back Rex Burkhead takes a handoff during Cincinnati Bengals rookie minicamp and tucks the ball under his right arm, that red “Team Jack” wristband stands out.
The thin band reminds everyone of a 7-year-old cancer patient back in Nebraska who has changed Burkhead’s life in a lot of ways. Jack Hoffman is on his wrist and in his thoughts as he moves on to the NFL.
“It’s very humbling,” Burkhead said. “I think I’ve gotten more from the relationship than he has, honestly. It’s helped me look at many things in my life in a new perspective. It’s made me not get down on things.