Veteran surprises family at Texans game

Published On: Dec 16 2012 08:22:27 PM CST
HOUSTON -

A military veteran, serving in Afghanistan, surprised his family at a Houston Texans game Sunday.

Chief Warrant Officer Eric Spoerle said he hadn't seen his family since May.

During the Texans' game on Sunday, Texans' officials called his family down to the field. They told them it was because their father was serving in the military, and they wanted to honor them.

Spoerle's family was presented with team jerseys and hats. Moments later, Spoerle was rolled onto the field inside a giant gift box.

When the cover was pulled and Spoerle jumped out, his family couldn't contain their excitement.

"It means everything," said Spoerle. "I've been staying in a hotel this past week, waiting to see my kids. So being in Afghanistan, not seeing my family, then being at home and only a drive down the road. It was kind of tough, but ultimately, I get to see them now."

Spoerle said the experience of surprising his family was amazing. He thanked the Texans for the opportunity.