WATCH: Officer serving in Afghanistan returns home to surprise family during Gators’ win

By Adam Silverstein
October 4, 2015

The best moment on Saturday in The Swamp was not the Florida Gators‘ 38-10 victory over the Ole Miss Rebels, though that’s what the tens of thousands of fans in attendance came to see.

Instead, it was the Gators facilitating a surprise return to Gainesville, Florida, for U.S. Army officer Christian Denkins, who shocked his family by emerging from the tunnel as they were being honored on-field for his service in Afghanistan.

Florida is not the first to pull this off and hopefully will not be the last, but every time a moment like this can be shared is a reminder of the sacrifices that military families make on a daily basis. For a Gainesville native to be able to return home during one of the biggest victories the Gators have had in years? Well, that’s just icing on the cake.

3 Comments

  1. jimmee b says:

    THE ONLY THING BETTER THAN A FLORIDA GATOR IS A FLORIDA GATOR WHO IS ALSO IN THE U.S. MILITARY.

  2. dave massey says:

    I love my country! Thanks to all who serve. If that doesn’t bring a tear to your eyes, you’re not human. Way to go UAA, and as always, GO GATORS!!!

  3. SaraGator says:

    The whole stadium was crying!

    Go Gators! USA! USA! USA!

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