Quite a few eventful moments happened in the Florida State spring game on Saturday evening, but none brought tears to the eyes of fans better than when the Seminoles reunited offensive lineman Derrick Kelly with his brother on the field.
During a timeout early in the game, Florida State played a message on the jumbotron from Kelly’s brother, Derrickus, who is an officer in the Navy. In the message, Derrickus apologized to Derrick for not being able to attend the spring game in Tallahassee.
But then suddenly, Derrickus appeared on the field and ran out to greet his brother. The two hadn’t seen each other in two years. Check out the video below:
TEARJERKER ALERT: East Gadsden grad and @FSUFootball lineman Derrick Kelly got a surprise visit from his brother, who serves in the Navy and who Derrick hasn't seen in two years. @abc27 pic.twitter.com/sRsckW0vFr
— Alison Posey (@AlisonPosey14) April 15, 2018
“We cried a little bit out there,” Derrickus said according to the Orlando Sentinel. “I haven’t seen him in two years. There were times when all I felt like I had was my brothers. So it felt good.”
Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports wrote this week that Derrickus is stationed in Hawaii, which means he flew about 15 hours to attend the spring game. He was one of more than 65,000 fans in attendance, as the 2018 Florida State spring game drew more than double the amount of people it did last season.