Military Dad Surprises Son At Senior Night Football Game

A military dad who missed his son’s high school football career through service pulled off a huge surprise when he finally made it to one of his games in his final season. Ethan Tomerlin, 18, a high school senior, had always wanted his father, David, 41, from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to attend his games over the past four years, but David’s commitments with the Army had made it impossible. Before senior night, David, a Sergeant First Class, had spent the previous 11 months on deployment in an undisclosed location, but promised Ethan he’d make at least one game. Despite COVID striking and travel plans up in the air, David had hoped to be back for his son's senior night game, on October 30. That plan was soon in jeopardy when Ethan’s game was moved from October 30, when David had planned to be back from deployment, to an earlier date of October 2. Having been devastated by the news, David threw somewhat of a Hail Mary himself, asking his chain of command if he could return home sooner than planned. Fortunately, the sergeant received approval, and liaised with his wife Shannon to be picked up from Nashville, Tennessee, and driven to Todd County Central High School on the day of the game. Ethan’s coach, Joshua Robins, was in on the surprise, and as the teams warmed up, Shannon began filming as her husband made his way to the field. Then, out of the corner of his eye, Ethan caught sight of David and ran across the field to give his father a huge hug. David’s other son, Parker, 11, was also present at the game, and hours later Shannon shared the video with their daughter, Hannah, 21, who FaceTimed her mom in tears of joy.
No Talent Releases on file but may not be required. Inquire for more information
Location: Fort Campbell, Kentucky, USA
  • Date Acquired10-06-2020
  • Date Filmed10-02-2020
  • OrientationVertical
  • Footage TypeCell Phone
  • Rights TV & Digital, Commercial, Publishing

Military Dad Surprises Son At Senior Night Football Game


Navy Brother Surprises Sibling During Football Huddle

Husky Reunited With Military Mom Was Puppy When She Deployed

Military Dad Dressed As School Mascot Surprises Daughter

Navy Brother Surprises Sister Ahead Of Quinceanera After 1.5 Year Deployment

Military Dad Appears During Parade To Surprise Kids

Marine Surprises Mom At Restaurant After Nine Months Away

Mom Screams In Shock As She's Surprised By Marine Daughter After 18 Months

Soldier Surprises Girlfriend With Proposal After Deployment

Dad Aged 70 Leaps Fence To Reunite With Military Son

Kids Open Car Trunk To Discover Military Dad Whose Returned From Deployment

Soldier Photobombs Family After Return From Deployment

Military Dad Surprises Daughter With Birthday Homecoming

Navy Son Asks If Restaurant Seat Is Taken Surprising Mom After Deployment

Military Mom Surprised With Marine Son's Hat Before Reunion

Military Husband Surprises Wife By Bursting From Sears Delivery Box

Soldier Surprises Daughter At School In Mascot Costume

Soldier Pranks Wife And Kids On Return From Deployment

Military Dad Dresses Up As School Mascot To Surprise Kids

Soldier Returns Home To Surprise 170lb Dog In Gift-Wrapped Box

Girl Surprised During Show And Tell By Military Dad

Military Dad Surprises Kids During School Award Presentation

Army Dad Hiding Behind Welcome Banner Surprises Kids At Airport

Boy Brings Daddy Doll To Daycare Only To Be Surprised By Real Dad

Military Reunion At Relay Race Finish Line

Air Force Dad Surprises Blindfolded Son After Deployment

Mickey Mouse Helps Military Dad Surprise Kids With Homecoming

Soldier Returns From Overseas To Surprise Radio DJ Fiancee

Soldier Surprises Blindfolded Mom On Her Birthday

Dancing Dad Falls Over As Navy Daughter Surprises Him