C.J. is one of those individuals who doesn’t have an inherent big-stage bone in his body. After all, his chosen position on a college football field for the University of Nebraska was fullback. The best fullbacks embrace life in the shadows. Diversely talented, but willing to sacrifice and serve others first to further the bigger cause is part of the DNA of those who choose to play the position. That’s Zimmerer in a nutshell.
While serving as the Nebraska Chapter President, C.J. and his teammates had an idea the night before the Huskers’ annual spring game. The idea was refined by the Nebraska football staff and it involved getting then 7-year-old pediatric brain cancer patient Jack Hoffman, a huge Huskers fan, in the game.
On a beautiful spring afternoon in April of 2013, Jack’s 69-yard run moved a nation to the tune of nearly 10 million views of the video on YouTube. Jack won an ESPY for “Best Sports Moment” in 2013. The Hoffman family paid a visit to the White House for a meeting with then President Barack Obama and put rare pediatric cancers on a national stage.