Notre Dame athlete gets surprise visit from military brother earlier than expected

Notre Dame athlete gets surprise visit from military brother earlier than expected. (Provided Photo/Notre Dame Twitter Page)
Notre Dame athlete gets surprise visit from military brother earlier than expected. (Provided Photo/Notre Dame Twitter Page)

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (WISH) — A Notre Dame basketball player’s Christmas surprise is going viral.

Matt Ferrell’s younger brother, Army First Lieutenant Bo Farrell, who was deployed overseas, sent him a message to congratulate him after winning Monday night’s game.

The taped message appeared during a Notre Dame game on Monday. Little did Matt know that not only was he receiving a taped message from his brother, but they were also going to reunite in person.

Farrell, who wasn’t due to return until next year, came home early thanks to the USO. The two were reunited on the court thanks to the brothers’ grandmother, who worked with the university to get the taped message played on the video board after the basketball game.

Neither Matt nor his parents had any idea Bo was going to come back early.

The tweet from Notre Dame about the moment of “brotherly love” has already been shared more than 30,000 times.

CNN contributed to this report.