Dec 18, 2012 11:24 AM by KHOU via CNN
HOUSTON, TX (KHOU/CNN) - An Army dad made a surprise return home from Afghanistan.
Chief Warrant Officer Eric Spoerle surprised his three sons at the Houston Texans game against the Indianapolis Colts in Houston Sunday.
His wife and sons were called onto the field during halftime and presented with team jerseys.
Then their dad was revealed under a giant Christmas box.
Spoerle, who's been in Afghanistan since May, said it was difficult to wait for the big reveal.
"Oh man. I didn't know how long I was going to be there. It just couldn't open up quick enough to see the family," Spoerle said.
Spoerle's wife was also in on the big surprise for the kids and she said it was hard to keep it a secret.
Copyright 2012 KHOU via CNN. All rights reserved.