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Harlem family surprised by soldier at USC game stars of viral video

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On Saturday night, the Faile family from Harlem- mother Tammy, daughter Breanna, and son Cameron- stood on the field of Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia before the South Carolina Gamecocks took on the Georgia Bulldogs. They were told they were contest winners of "Military Family of the Game."

"I kept sitting there thinking, 'How much longer are they going to make us stay out here?'" laughs Tammy.

They were in for much more than just a pregame recognition as their soldier, Sergeant First Class Scott Faile appeared on the stadium's big screen with a message for his family.

"Hey guys, I love you and I miss you," SFC Faile says in the video.

As Scott started speaking, his family's tears started flowing.

"As soon as I saw him, that was it," says Tammy. "That's all it took."

And for good reason. The Failes believed Scott was still in Korea, nearing the end of his year-long tour.

But the video was all a part of a plan Scott had been putting together for three months.

"I thought if you're going to go to a game, why not let's really make it something special?" he says.

In the video, Scott thanked his family for the sacrifices they've made and telling them he looks up to them.

"Just keep in mind that my tour is almost over, and I'll see you real, real soon," he tells the family.

That's when Scott sent his family and the 85,000-plus in the stands into a frenzy, walking out of the tunnel to greet his overjoyed loved ones.

Tammy, Breanna, and Cameron sprinted to mug their father. Scott's wife jumped into his arms, "like a spider monkey," he laughs, as the crowd erupted.

"Right when I first saw him walk out, I was like, is that really him?" remembers 10 year old Cameron.

"I didn't think I was going to make it to the big group hug because some people like to try and trip others or pull them back," laughs Breanna, hinting at her mother. "I'm thinking this woman's going to trip me."

"It was amazing," says Tammy. "We were just ecstatic. In that moment, it was just us four again."

In just two days, a video of the reunion has gone viral on YouTube, hitting over 140,000 views.

It's something Scott says he never intended.

"No clue," he says about the attention he and his family has received. They say they've already been contacted by Good Morning America and Inside Edition among others.

"This was just supposed to be for them," Scott adds. "I'm not the type of person who wanted all this."

After the surprise of a lifetime and the whirlwind of emotion, the family says it's all worth it.

"We're complete now," smiles Tammy.

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