Nebraska Spring Game Proves Special for Hawke Family
Despite being little more than a glorified scrimmage, college football spring games do serve a purpose, and their value extends far beyond the football played out on the field.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln hosted its annual spring game this weekend, and thanks to some cunning and gracious work from the Husker athletic department, a family was reunited with its hero.
Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Hawke spent the past 10-plus months serving overseas in Afghanistan, but Saturday saw Hawke reunited with his family in a special and unique manner.
Hawke suited up with Nebraska and disguised himself as a team captain while his wife and children conducted the honorary coin toss before the contest. What followed could melt even the coldest of hearts.
After ten months away from home, welcome Home Staff Sergeant Hawke. pic.twitter.com/TzOcrJjysg
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) April 15, 2017
What a great moment!
Glad we could help welcome home Staff Sergeant Matthew Hawke.
— Shawn Eichorst (@BigRedAD) April 15, 2017
Don’t even try to tell me that spring games lack worth or purpose.
*Source: Husker Football*
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