Sports can bring out the passion in even the most reserved of people, as the heartwarming video below shows.
Brian knew how much his parents did for him and his brother Jason when they were younger.
“They weren’t able to give us a lot of ‘things’ but they would drop anything on a dime to be there for us,” he said in a Facebook post.
Brian wanted to thank his father for everything he had done, so he and his brother got him a special gift relating to his biggest passion in life: football.
Brian and Jason knew how much their father loved the college football team the Georgia Bulldogs, so they wanted to go all out for his 71st birthday.
“The Georgia Bulldogs are a second religion in my house,” Brian wrote in the post on the Love What Matter’s Facebook page.
So the birthday gift started out with him receiving a shirt that said, “Gator Hater,” since the Bulldogs’ rival is the Florida Gators, along with “Go Dawgs” on the back. This was a custom shirt the sons got that was specifically made for the father.
At this point, it seemed like their father would’ve been more than satisfied with just the shirt for his gift.
“I want to put it on right now!” he told his family. He was elated that he got a shirt that not only showed his pride for his favorite team, but also took a shot at his least favorite team.
It turns out that on the weekend, which was the father’s actual birthday, there was going to be a game between the Bulldogs and the Gators.
When Jason told their father he could wear his new shirt to the game on Saturday, their father agreed, thinking he meant that they would watch it at their house, like they had done in the past.
That’s when his sons told him that he wouldn’t be watching the game at home, he would be watching it in Jacksonville, Florida, at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium!
He would be able to see his favorite team, the Bulldogs against their long-time rivals, the Gators, live in person!
And their father couldn’t believe it!
“I’m going to the game? Really?” their father must’ve said about four or five times; he couldn’t contain his excitement.
“The pure love I have for my dad inspired this gift,” Brian said in the post. “He is my number one, always.”
All his father did was show him unconditional love his whole life, so it’s heartwarming to see Brian return the favor in this way.
Jason and Brian just wanted to show how much they appreciated their father, and it looks like it was the best gift they could’ve possibly given him.
Watch the beautiful video below:
"My brother and I decided to surprise my dad for his 71st birthday with something he has always wanted. He has never been to a Georgia/Florida game! So we decided to surprise him. My family is pretty tight knit. My dad is a retired minister, and has had some health issues over the past few years. I am the oldest of two boys. We grew up in a suburb of Atlanta, to two hard working parents. They weren’t able to always give a lot of 'things' but they would drop anything on a dime to be there for us. If you know anything about the South, we love football and the SEC. So, the Georgia Bulldogs are a second religion in my house. My brother, Jason, is a UGA graduate. We decided since the big rivalry game of Georgia vs. Florida fell on my dad’s actual birthday, we would surprise him. He asked us if we would come down to their house to watch the game with him, so we told him we would, ha ha. When we gave him the shirt, he thought that was the end of it! To see that look on his face and to see how happy we were able to make him, meant everything to me. The pure love I have for my dad inspired this gift. He is my number one, always."#LoveWhatMattersA Love What Matters Original Video
Posted by Love What Matters on Wednesday, November 15, 2017