There can’t be too many things soon-to-be 100-year-old Millie Wall hasn’t witnessed, but watching a Minnesota Vikings playoff game in person is one of them, so the team crossed it off her bucket list.
Wall’s granddaughter, Ashley, posted a video to Instagram of Millie reading a letter from the Vikings, who invited one of their longest-running supporter to Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints:
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” she said, flabbergasted, as her family erupted in cheers.
Wall, 99, has reportedly supported the Vikings since their inception in 1961. She has attended a handful of games in her life, but never in the playoffs, her granddaughter told Vikings.com. Minnesota has hosted 21 playoff games in her lifetime — most recently a 2015 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Vikings haven’t won a playoff game at home since 2009 and hope Millie brings them better luck.
According to the team’s website, Millie is posted up most Sunday afternoons in her living room, “sipping a screwdriver and watching the game,” complete with a foam brick she throws at the TV and retrieves with a string when things aren’t going the Vikings way. Here’s hoping she brings it Sunday.
“Obviously this is a very exciting season for the Vikings, and I was just thinking, ‘Should I be watching the game on the field, or should I be watching my grandma’s reaction to that game?’” Ashley, who will attend Sunday’s game with her grandmother, told Vikings.com. “I think it’s going to just be a really great experience. We’re so excited as a family to watch her and watch everything come to life.”
As it has been for almost 100 years. Millie will hit the century mark on July 4.
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