Oklahoma football: Military man aboard Sooner Schooner surprises family

SURPRISE FOR A MILITARY FAMILY — The University of Oklahoma honored Sgt. David Brian and his family on the video screen Saturday. Then the real surprise rode in on the Sooner Schooner.
by Berry Tramel Published: November 16, 2013

photo - A military servicemman surprises his family on the field during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones (ISU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
A military servicemman surprises his family on the field during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones (ISU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

“I don't know if I really accepted it, until I walked down the tunnel to get on the Schooner,” Curtis said. “It was unbelievable. Tremendous honor.”

Riding the Schooner “was kind of a blur. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

After Curtis' video message, the screen flashed to the Schooner, with Curtis aboard. His family started sprinting toward him. He jumped off the wagon for a welcome that had 75,000 fans roaring.

Curtis doesn't return to Afghanistan but will have to report to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, for several more weeks.

His family can live with that.

Said Curtis, “It was a great feeling. Not sure how to explain. I can't wipe the smile off of my face.”


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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