The NFL’s annual Salute to Service events began in earnest on Sunday, and while the Cincinnati Bengals home game against the Baltimore Ravens could not have gone any worse, there was at least a special moment before kickoff.
Each Bengals defensive starter ran onto the field for the player introductions with a service member or veteran.
Defensive end Carlos Dunlap got a surprise as his father, Carlos Dunlap Sr., was the veteran who ran out of the tunnel with him.
On Instagram, Dunlap Jr. called it “surreal.”
“Listen this was definitely an all time Bengal Moment for me despite the game of course,” he wrote. “But there is more to life than football.
“Today though experiencing this with my Father who sacrificed, served and did what he had to do to make me the man that you all know today! Was surreal moment for me, I had no clue of this plan.”
A two-time Pro Bowler and two-time Bengals Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee, Dunlap and his father came out of the tunnel with the obligatory fog machine, slapped hands and then saluted the crowd.
Dunlap flies his parents, both of whom served in the military, to every Bengals home game. The Bengals lost to the Ravens, 49-13.
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