The 17-year military veteran was finishing a tour in Afghanistan and was supposed to be back for the weekend’s Nebraska game, where his family was asked to do the pregame coin toss.
Hawke told his wife and 6 children he couldn’t be there because he had to stay behind for another 30 days.
That’s why they were so surprised when one of the Nebraska players took off his helmet during the coin toss and it was their dad.
The family broke down in smiles and tears of joy. It’s a coin toss none of them will ever forget.