When one Texas high school senior was selected as his football team’s honorary captain for their final home game, his entire extended family showed up to cheer him on.
The only person that wouldn’t be there supporting Jayce Melton was his father, U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Danny Melton, who had been deployed overseas for the past three years. And while it’s been hard for Jayce, he understands why his dad can’t always be there for him. “I just like what he does for the country,” said the proud teen.
But when Officer Melton heard about Danny’s final home game, he was determined to surprise his son and cheer him on. “He thinks I’m still overseas in Italy,” Melton said before the game. “I’m just going to give him a huge hug and tell him how proud I am of him.”
After the announcer told Jayce to turn towards the 50-yard-line just moments before the game, Melton finally got the chance to do just that. “I had no idea,” the stunned senior said after running out onto the field and hugging his dad for the first time.