As far as preseason surprises go, most of them take place on the field. Certain players make a splash. But often the almost methodical, sometimes banal, preseason game leaves room for actual surprises outside of the field.

This was the case for unsuspecting St. Louis Rams cheerleader Candace Valentine, who was simply doing her job and cheering on the home team. With mascot Rampage behind her, she turned around near the end zone to find her husband who had been serving overseas for some time anxiously waiting for their first embrace in ages.