North Dakota soldier honored during Sunday Night Football

HOUSTON, TEXAS A North Dakota soldier was honored in the NFL's Salute to Service at the Houston Texans' stadium.

Master Sgt. Al Herda Jr., of Devils Lake, and his 8-year-old grandson, Ben Herda, got to stand on the sidelines of Sunday night's Texans - Patriots game for the entire third quarter. Al was presented with the game ball after the third quarter.

Al's son Brandon Herda nominated him for the honor. Brandon lives in Houston and attends a lot of Texans games.

He said he couldn't think of a more deserving hero, his dad and his wife, Yvonne, were both career U.S. Army and North Dakota National Guard soldiers. They were both full-time soldiers at Camp Grafton for over 30 years. Yvonne passed away on Memorial Day after a four-year battle with cancer.

Al said he's honored to be recognized, but said it's more important that all veterans are recognized for their service.

At each Texans home game, a service member or veteran is recognized on the field for his or her service to our country in the Salute to American Heroes feature.