Remember how we are all so tough in high school? Well Joseph Martell, a high school football player and a rather big boy for his age looks pretty tough. He seems like a good all around guy. But he crumbles like Jello when his dad surprises him by coming home from deployment early.
When his dad, Master Sgt. Joseph Martell returned home from deployment in Afghanistan a month early, he took it as an opportunity to surprise his teenage son. After landing, he and his wife headed straight to Brussels, Belgium, to his son Justin’s high school football game. While showing up at the game unannounced probably would have been surprise enough, Martell took it a step further. He put on the opposing team’s jersey and joined his son on the playing field when the referee called a meeting on the 50-yard line. It takes Justin all of three seconds to recognize his dad once the U.S. airman removes his helmet. “I thought he was — I don’t even know how many miles [away], and the next thing I know he’s standing in front of me and I’m giving him a hug,” Justin told Spangdahlem Air Base.
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