For Justin Martel, this football game began like any other. But, when the referees called an impromptu meeting between the teams at the 50-yard line, he received an unforgettable surprise.


The high schooler played his heart out on the field, but little did he know, someone completely unexpected was waiting for him on the sidelines. Disguised in the opponents' uniform was U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Joseph Martel, Justin's father who had returned from Afghanistan a month earlier than expected.
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As the teams gathered for a meeting on sportsmanship — a clever ploy to bring father and son together — Martel removed his helmet to reveal his identity to a gobsmacked Justin. Reflecting upon the tearful reunion, Justin recalls, "You don't even know what to do. You just want to jump up and down like a little kid."