8-year-old boy gets wish granted to be Nebraska Cornhusker for a day

8-year-old boy gets wish granted to be Nebraska Cornhusker for a day

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8-year-old boy gets wish granted to be Nebraska Cornhusker for a day

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Jack Johnson gives high-fives after signing his letter of intent for Nebraska (Photo: Jack Wragge, Norfolk Daily News via Associated Press)

Jack Johnson gives high-fives after signing his letter of intent for Nebraska (Photo: Jack Wragge, Norfolk Daily News via Associated Press)

NORFOLK, Neb.  — The University of Nebraska football team has signed an 8-year-old boy with a genetic disorder to grant his A Make-A-Wish foundation request to be a Cornhusker for a day.

Jack Johnson, a second-grader, signed a letter of intent Tuesday and became an honorary member of the team during a school assembly at Norfolk Catholic High School. Nebraska football coach Mike Riley opened the rally by appearing on giant screen with a message and the invitation. Some Nebraska cheerleaders and the team mascot, Lil’ Red, attended the event.

Jack was born with Menkes disease, which affects distribution of copper in the body and the development of bones and muscles.

He’ll get to be an honorary member of the team Saturday and get to take the field with players before watching the home game against Maryland from a skybox.
He will also get to tour the stadium, eat lunch with members of the team and participate in warm-up drills.
“Jack is friendly and outgoing. He is first on the playground and the last to leave. He has a deep love for sports,” Norfolk Catholic grade school principal Bill Lafleur told the Norfolk Daily News. Lafleur also played football at Nebraska and punted in the NFL.
Jack Johnson gets help putting on his Nebraska hat from his dad during a signing day ceremony (Photo: Jack Wragge, Norfolk Daily News via Associated Press)

Jack Johnson gets help putting on his Nebraska hat from his dad during a signing day ceremony (Photo: Jack Wragge, Norfolk Daily News via Associated Press)

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