What’s in a name? For 22-year-old George Grimwade Musto, it’s about paying homage to the man who raised him as his own.
Since the age of eight, George’s stepfather Michael Musto has been by his side, mentoring and guiding him as any father should. While step-parents can often face pushback from their kids, George wanted a way to show his father how much he truly means to him. The collegiate offensive lineman had a brilliant idea, and his school, Samford University in Alabama, wanted to help him share it with the world.
“He’s always been my dad,” George shared during an extremely heartfelt video posted recently to Samford University’s social media, adding “He raised me ever since I was in second grade.” He goes on to address his father, looking at the camera and saying “You really do mean the world to me. Without you I don’t know who I am nor do I know where I’m at.” While heartfelt sentiments are a great start, especially for us men, George knew he wanted to take his father’s last name as a sign of his love and respect. “I feel like I owe it to him to carry on his last name,” he shared. “I just want his legacy to live on forever, I don’t want it to end with him.”
Although George Grimwade legally changed his name in September, he held the secret until Samford University’s family weekend. It’s a fitting occasion for such monuments news and allowed George to showcase the name change in the most awesome way possible.
On game day, George approached his dad with a camera and paperwork in-hand. “You know how much I love you, right? And how I always treasure the time I have with you? And how you’re my world? I got my last name changed.”
George turns to reveal the back of his jersey, where emblazoned in stitched letters was the name MUSTO. His father, already adorned in team colors and beaming with pride, breaks down in tears, embracing his son in a moment that has everyone who watches tearing up too.
MUSTO. Just five letters with the power to move hundreds of thousands of people who have viewed, shared and commented on the video. A loving tribute to a step-dad who stepped up, just as millions of others do each and every day.
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