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Brad Childress gets a surprise

Posted on: July 5, 2010 12:07 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 12:10 pm
Minnesota coach B. Childress (US Presswire) A great scene here, as described by the St. Paul Pioneer-Press , with Vikings coach Brad Childress bumping into his son, Andrew, as the Vikings coach was making his way through a handshake line at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

Here’s the lede (it’s simply too good to let slip by):

The uniformed soldier staring back at Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress on the tarmac Friday morning looked similar to the other young men he had met this week during a USO tour of American and NATO military bases.

Then Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Childress started speaking, and Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan went from being the latest stop on a goodwill mission to a surprise homecoming.

"I'm looking him right in the eye and didn't know who the hell he was," Childress said about his son. "He was much thinner. He looked at me with no mustache, no hair, but then I heard his voice and knew it was him.

"It was very emotional. Big hug. Hard to describe."

How cool is that? Childress, of course, is on a USO Tour with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, Eagles coach Andy Reid and Panthers coach John Fox.

On a personal note: I attended the wedding of my cousin, Dana, this past weekend in Syracuse, N.Y., and the 4th of July was fitting for the couple. Her husband, Scott, has been gone this past year, serving with the Navy in Iraq, and it’s been a trying time for the couple because of the long distance and the less-than-convenient ability to communicate.

I’m not a military guy, but it was inspiring to listen to him and his groomsmen (two couldn’t attend because of military obligations) speak about patriotism and what it means to them to be an American. Such strong young men, much like Andrew Childress and all the Marines with whom he serves.

It goes without saying we all are in debt to the men and women who serve our country. It’s just great Andrew Childress got a chance to get that homecoming half a world away.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 9:44 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:51 am

Brad Childress gets a surprise

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Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:15 am

Brad Childress gets a surprise

Thank you Andrew for your service.

And thank you to the NFL coaches for going.

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 1:32 pm

Brad Childress gets a surprise

I am one of the biggest Minnesota Vikings haters, especially Childress ,but after reading this article I have alot of respect for him 

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 12:22 pm

Brad Childress gets a surprise

Besides being a heart warming feel good moment for Brad Childress and his son, the best part of the article was that a Minnesota Vikings article was actually written with no mention of Bret Favre and his "retirement"

To all the Men and Women who valiantly serve our country...thank you and stay safe

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2010 12:12 pm
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Since: Apr 19, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2010 11:32 am

Brad Childress gets a surprise

Sends chills through your body... very cool story~! Thank you to all our men and women who serve and have served our country... we are all very proud of you~!

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2010 9:15 am

Half-a-world away???

Stories like that are what dreams are made of.  Coincidence or pre-planned meeting between the two?  Neither is important.  Here is a young man that could be riding the coattails of father but instead dedicates himself, putting his life on the line, to serve the US of A. 

On a lighter note:  Can you imagine being a fly on the ceiling in the room with Andy Reid, Brad Childress, John Fox and Marvin Lewis.  I can assure that an interesting conversation especially if sounds of gun fire, bomb blasts etc... are ongoing.  I knew I liked the NFL for a reason.

By the way isn't half-a-world away really a world away?  There is no further point on earth is there?

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 6, 2010 3:42 am

Brad Childress gets a surprise

A Childress or a Viking fan or not, for a few moments here, football isn't all that important.

THANK YOU to all our men and women who serve to keep this great land of ours free... and to their families as well.  May God keep you safe til you return to the homeland!

Since: May 22, 2009
Posted on: July 5, 2010 11:30 pm

Brad Childress gets a surprise

It is refreshing that children of privilege are as willing to serve as those of lesser social and economic status. What a difference from the vietnam era where the poor and uneducated swelled the ranks. Our all volunteer force has really been a testament to the commitment and pride that is universal to all freedom loving Americans.

To all the Andrew Childresses, Pat Tillmans and the thousands of less famous children that have carried the torch of our security, God bless.

Best Fourth of July story for this Vikings fan.

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