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Cry Along With A Footy Legend As He Reads His Dad's Name On Anzac Jersey

Ron Barassi is not just A football legend but arguably THE football legend -- and not just because of his six premierships as a player and four as a coach.

Quite simply, Barassi IS footy. He's synonymous with the game itself, and also with the Melbourne Football Club, with whom he won those six flags.

It takes a lot to get "Barass" emotional, but that happened this week when Melbourne's Anzac Eve jumper was unveiled (the Demons play Richmond at the MCG next Wednesday).

The jumper features the names of the 30 Melbourne players who died fighting for Australia in World Wars I and II. Yes, 30. It's an awful lot of young men.

One of those names is Ron Barrassi Sr., who was also a Melbourne Demons player from 1936-40, and who died in action at Tobruk, Libya, in the North African campaign in 1941.

Barassi Jr., now 83, was his father's only child. He was just four when his dad paid the ultimate sacrifice.

And when he was given one of the special Anzac jerseys this week, well, let's just say things got a bit emotional.

The Melbourne FC media crew did well capturing this moment. While the jersey unveiling was a staged moment, the emotion is raw and the dialogue seemingly unscripted.

Let we forget.