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Bengals Banter: Rex & Jack Fighting Cancer. Ellis Salutes the O-Line


Dec. 4, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Rex Burkhead speaks at the NFF annual awards press conference at the Waldorf-Astoria as part of the 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

After the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead in the sixth-round of the NFL Draft, he and his good friend Jack Hoffman, who’s battled cancer for nearly his whole life, got an oppurtunity to travel to Washington D.C. to meet with President Barack Obama as they continue their campaign to promote pediatric brain cancer awareness.

"It was just great to see Jack interact with the president and the knowledge the president had of the situation. He saw the touchdown on ESPN’s Top Ten Plays. The visit is really going to give pediatric brain cancer more awareness and that’s the goal of Jack, his family and the Nebraska football team’s Uplifting Athletes chapter.He (Obama) told me he’d be on the lookout and wished me the best of luck. Hopefully I’ll be back if we win the Super Bowl. I wish I told him that, but there just wasn’t enough time."

In case you missed yesterday’s story of Burkhead &  Jack Hoffman, here’s the video telling their story:

Current Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis has said he thinks the team has something special in Tyler Eifert pairing with Jermaine Gresham, but he knows games are won and lost in the NFL in the trenches, which has become a strength for the Bengals on both sides of the ballGreen-Ellis had this to say about his lineman on Monday:

"See those lockers over there (pointing to his lineman)? All those guys are part of The Firm. All those guys up front. Zeitler and Roland and Robinson, Whitworth and Smith. All those guys. That’s the way I look at things. For a running back, it all starts up front. A lot of things don’t get done unless the guys up front are moving. That’s the way it is with everything. Offense. Defense. The game is won in the trenches."

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