Despite being little more than a glorified scrimmage, college football spring games do serve a purpose, and their value extends far beyond the football played out on the field.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln hosted its annual spring game this weekend, and thanks to some cunning and gracious work from the Husker athletic department, a family was reunited with its hero.

Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Hawke spent the past 10-plus months serving overseas in Afghanistan, but Saturday saw Hawke reunited with his family in a special and unique manner.

Hawke suited up with Nebraska and disguised himself as a team captain while his wife and children conducted the honorary coin toss before the contest. What followed could melt even the coldest of hearts.

Don't even try to tell me that spring games lack worth or purpose.

*Source: Husker Football*

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