Next On ‘Soldiers Returning Home’: The Houston Texans Surprised A Family

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12.19.12 5 Comments

In case you’re new to the program, we have a short list of topics that we will always post about, no matter how non-sports related or inconsequential they are, including but not limited to:

1) Kate Upton

2) Animals in costumes

3) Soldiers returning home to surprise their families at sporting events

4) Religions and politics and how much your point of view is wrong compared to ours

Because we already successfully disproved six religions and finally reached quorum in our meeting of the Rhinoceros Party of Canada yesterday, we’re going to focus on No. 3 today, as the Houston Texans had a little halftime deal last Sunday that was right up our alley.

Chief Warrant Officer Eric Spoerle had been serving in Afghanistan for the last seven months, and he was able to come home to see his wife and two sons during halftime of the Texans’ 29-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Spoerle’s family was brought onto the field, as they thought Eric’s service was simply being honored and they’d be receiving some Texans jerseys, until Houston’s mascot, Toro, came out on a cart and revealed their dad from under box that looked like a Christmas present.

You can watch the video after the jump, while I clean up this box of Christmas dust that I just opened.

“I didn’t know how long I was going to be there, and it just couldn’t open up quick enough to see the family,” Spoerle said. “Just total surprise. It means everything.” (Via Ultimate Texans)

If that wasn’t enough, the Texans and Operation Finally Home awarded Army Cpl. Christopher Sullivan, who was injured in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan and then paralyzed after he was shot in the neck while breaking up a fight at his own Christmas party last year, his own mortgage-free home.

Seriously, I don’t want to hear anyone complaining about their Christmas parties ever again.

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