The father of a high school football player returned home from his Air Force deployment in Afghanistan early – and surprised the kid by dressing as a player on the opposing team.

Master Sgt. Joseph Martel walked onto the field with the rest of the team and then stood in front of his son for a bit before taking off his helmet and revealing his identity.

“I had no idea it was going to happen,” the son said. “All of the sudden he was just there. I thought he was, I don’t even know how many miles away. The next thing you know he’s standing there and I’m giving him a hug.”

pictures of the beautiful reunion here