The coin toss at the Nebraska spring game was about hugs and reunions rather than heads and tails.
During the pregame ceremony at midfield Saturday, the Huskers staged a surprise for a military member and his family.
Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Hawke dressed in a full Huskers uniform and took the field for the coin toss in disguise. His family was there to do the toss, and one of his unsuspecting sons got to flip the coin right after realizing who one of the players was.
Here’s the full video of the memorable moment:
You know it's a special moment when you get all the feels during a coin toss.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) April 15, 2017
According to Nebraska, Hawke had been deployed for 10 months in Afghanistan. Hawke lives in Lincoln and is a lifetime Huskers fan. This was the first time he saw his family since returning home.
After ten months away from home, welcome Home Staff Sergeant Hawke. pic.twitter.com/TzOcrJjysg
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) April 15, 2017