When devout Packers fan Ryan Holtan-Murphy went to his 10-year law school reunion a couple years ago, he didn’t know he’d meet the love of his life, Marie, let alone strike (green and) gold in the last name department. Jim Stingl from the Journal-Sentinel relays the story:
“This beautiful girl. We completely hit it off. She’s fun, she’s interesting, she’s smart, she’s hilarious. All of this. And her last name — it was like a thunderbolt for me,” he said. “Her last name was just the flashing neon sign saying, ‘This is the one!'”
Long story short, they’re getting married next year, and Ryan is taking Marie’s last name. “He was like gimme, gimme, gimme, I want it,” Marie said.
The two are a long distance couple; Ryan lives in New York and Marie, an ER doctor who tagged along to the law school reunion with a cousin, lives in Chicago. Ryan takes his Packers flag on all of his international travels, and plans to spend the foreseeable future trying to convince his fiancee that it’s kosher to name their kids after Lombardi Packers like Fuzzy Thurston and Ray Nitschke. From the sounds of it, he’s going to have to give up lots of concessions at the proverbial relationship bargaining table to make that one happen.