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.

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Don't even try to tell me that spring games lack worth or purpose.

*Source: Husker Football*


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