When the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead in April’s NFL Draft, they may not have gotten the strongest, fastest or most talented prospect, they may have gotten one of the best characters. Burkhead has continued to work with his friend and cancer patient, Jack Hoffman, and now the Bengals are working with the two to help promote cancer awareness.
When the Bengals did draft Burkhead, head coach Marvin Lewis already knew about Hoffman, and made sure he felt welcome to the Bengals family:
Shortly after the Bengals took Burkhead in the sixth round, head coach Marvin Lewis penned Jack a note and sent along Burkhead’s jersey. No. 22 in Nebraska is now No. 33 in Cincinnati.
“It was a very warm note; very heartfelt,” Andy says. “He wrote to Jack, ‘If you need anything, let me know.’ It was such a warm reach-out from not only the coach, but the fans. We put a picture of Jack with the jersey and put it onteamjackfoundation.org and the Bengals Facebook page shared it and the comments were great. I’m a big believer in God making decisions for us. To me it seems like God wants Rex to be with the organization. It looks like a classy organization with classy fans.”