Toby Keith received a prestigious honor earlier this month. The singer-songwriter was named Patriot of the Game at a Dec. 6 football game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

Keith, who has completed 11 USO Tours, was given the award as a surprise during the halftime show. Keith first presented the Patriot Award, which honors recently returned servicemen and -women, to OU alum Rear Admiral Doug McClain, unaware that he would also be receiving an honor himself.

This is not the first time the 53-year-old artist has been recognized for his support of the troops. He received the USO Spirit Award during the Academy of Country Music's Salute to the Troops earlier this year.

“Since his first USO tour in 2002, Toby has performed nearly 300 shows for military audiences and lifted the spirits of over 250,000 men and women in uniform and their families," Brigadier General John I. Pray, Jr., USO president and CEO, says. "Toby’s 11 USO tours have taken him to 15 countries and, yes, four ships at sea."

Keith, who recently landed in the Top 10 on Forbes' list of the highest-paid musicians, is climbing the charts with 'Drunk Americans,' the debut single from his upcoming '35 MPH Town' album. Download the single here.