KABUL, AFGHANISTAN News 3's Steve Fullhart and Rachel Cox from KWTX News 10 in Waco are on assignment covering Texans serving in Afghanistan.
During a III Corps Transfer of Authority Ceremony in Kabul Friday, several members of military top brass were present, including Gen. Ray Odierno, the Chief of Staff of the Army. But among the crowd there may have only been one soldier who had the chance to take a phone call from the president during the Super Bowl last week.
Capt. Matthew Maxcy with III Corps said his Commander in Chief offered some words of encouragement, but still picked up on the fact that his Denver Broncos were falling behind.
"It's a very good experience, and I can say I am one of the few soldiers in the army that's been smack talked by the president. First thing he said was, 'Matthew, I want you to know that this phone call is a small consolation for the way the game's going right now,'" Maxcy said.
His fellow soldiers weren't quick to let him forget the loss either.
"My boss didn't let me hear the end of it for a few days. He nicknamed be 'Bronco' for a few days afterwards just to rub it in a little bit," Maxcy said.
Even through all the teasing, the young soldier said the phone call meant a lot as he prepared to head home to Fort Hood after a 10-month deployment in Afghanistan.
"It was a very memorable moment, and it was great to be appreciated," Maxcy said.