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(KCEN) -- Those who are defending our country overseas had to wake up well before the sun to watch the big game.

It's Monday at 4 am on the Bagram Air Force Base. Not many are awake, but inside the Grady Dining Facility, it's Super Bowl Sunday.

For Staff Sergeant and Fort Hood solider Eric Collins, he's seen the past 5 Super Bowls in Iraq. Today is his first time to watch it in Afghanistan.

"It's a chance to enjoy football, here. With all my soldiers, just like everyone back in the states," Collins said.

If there is a TV on base, it's tuned into the Armed Forces Network. The broadcast maybe a little fuzzy, but there is plenty of Super Bowl food to go around.

Over at the USO, soldiers showed off their best touchdown dance for a chance at door prizes during half time. Once the 3rd quarter starts, they still get to watch from comfy recliners. No, it may not be as good as your own favorite recliner, but it's the next best thing.

"It's a big boost of morale," says SPC Tyler Latray. "Kinda break away from the stress we've been going through."

From buffalo wings to non-alcoholic German beer, soldiers try to enjoy the game the way they normally would, but when they're over 7,000 miles away from home, there are some things that go missing.

Like the commercials. AFN doesn't broadcast the ones you see back in the states.

Staff Sergeant Collins hopes to see the next Super Bowl at home, on his recliner, surrounded by loved ones.

Until then, he'll wake up early and watch the game, with his second family.

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