Football Player Surprises Stepdad By Changing Last Name

A son showed the ultimate respect and adoration he had for his step dad by legally changing his last name.

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When George Andrew Grimwade, an offensive lineman for the Samford University football team, got an official letter saying that his name has been changed to George Grimwade-Musto, he wanted to celebrate the news with his stepdad in a big way.

Grimwade-Musto said, “I decided to change my last name because my stepdad — which sounds weird calling him my stepdad cause he’s always been my dad to me — he doesn’t have anyone to carry on his last name,” he said in a video posted by the athletic department. “He raised me ever since I was in second grade, and I feel like I owe it to him to carry on his last name.”

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During the Samford’s family weekend, he ran up to his stepdad, Michael Musto, on the sideline before taking the field. He told him, “You know how much I love you, right?” he said as he leaned in close. “And how I always treasure the time I have with you? Now you’re my world; I got my last name changed,” he added as he showed him the court papers.

He told his shocked step-dad, “I’m now George Grimwade-Musto — look at my jersey,” he said as he turned around to reveal the name Musto above No. 76 and hugged Musto and said, “I love you so much, Dad.” A visibly moved Musto said, “You’re my son,” and hugged him again.

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Grimwade-Musto, 22, added, “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.” He said, “I’m so happy that I can take on that last name with Mom and to really feel like I’ve become one with that family. I hope I treat it well,” he said.

He told Musto, “When I have kids, hopefully they can carry on that last name,” and said, “I just want his legacy to live forever, I don’t want it to end with him,” he said.

Watch the heartwarming video below

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