Moore Fond Memories for Father's Day

For father's everywhere today is a special day devoted to dad. For USC incoming freshman Byron Moore and his father, Byron Sr., this Father's Day marks a momentous time in their lives. "It will be an honor for him to say that his son goes to one of the top universities in the country, so I am very proud that I can give him a gift like that." Moore said.

For father's everywhere today is a special day devoted to dad.

For USC incoming freshman Byron Moore and his father, Byron Sr., this Father's Day marks a momentous time in their lives.

"It's going to be real special day for us because it's the reality of my dream coming true," Byron Moore said. "I am going to my dream school. I am actually going to be checking in to USC, so the excitement is really building."

"It will be an honor for him to say that his son goes to one of the top universities in the country, so I am very proud that I can give him a gift like that."

Sunday isn't just Father's Day for the young men in USC's 2009 recruiting class, but the day that their parents move them into the dorms and help start them on their own paths.

"I am real proud. I usually stay humble about my son but I am real proud because he has turned out to be a real good man," Moore Sr. said. "He has really grown.

"To have him go from a little boy to this man, a man that has never given me one ounce of trouble. He has represented the Narbonne Gauchos for four years with honor and now he will be one of the faces of the USC football program, and that is a good thing."

The talented defensive back is a key member of the Trojans' star-studded freshman class, with a very bright future as a student-athlete, and credits his father for guiding him to this exciting point in his life.

"He has been real supportive. Has always been there for me and has never missed anything that has to do with school," Moore said. "He has always been pushing me hard and making me mentally tough. He has always pushed to get the best out of me and has never let me take the easy road out of stuff.

"He has always been that strong backbone for me when times get tough."

While dad was the strong backbone, the entire Moore Family had a hand in molding Byron into a strong young man.

"It wasn't just me; it was me, my wife, his grandmothers and aunties. All of us together have helped to keep him grounded," Moore Sr. said. "My wife is a graduate from Long Beach State, so we didn't just push sports but education as well."

The focus on education was evident in Moore Sr.'s voice when he proudly proclaimed. "And by the way, he graduated with a 3.66, that's right, a 3.66!"

With his Byron Jr. starting a new chapter in his life, his father had a few more pieces of advice before seeing him off to college.

"I told him to stay humble and learn from the older guys. When you get there you are just a rookie, so you need to hang with Taylor Mays, Will Harris and Josh Pinkard and soak up as much as you can," he explained. "That's how you get better by soaking up as much as you can from those guys.

And on the academic side?

"My biggest thing is I just want him to stay focused and get through that Marshall School of Business," he said. "We have all told him that it is going to be hard, but we are here to support you, USC has the support staff for you and don't ever give up."

The proud father even admitted that it will be hard to control his emotions, before catching himself, and quickly lightening the mood.

"When I get home and realize that he isn't here I probably will cry," he said. "And Monday I am really going to be shedding tears when I have to get out there and pick up all the dog poop myself.

"That's when I am really going to be shedding tears."


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