The Minnesota Vikings take good care of their fans, especially their centenarians.
Knowing that Millie Wall will turn 100 years old this year, the team gave her an incredible early birthday present: tickets to the Vikings’ playoff game on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Wall was surprised with a letter from the Vikings who explained to her that because she’s been a fan since the team’s inception in 1961, they want to send her to U.S. Bank Stadium so she can root for them in person. It will be her first time attending a playoff game.
The Vikings posted the video on Monday on their Twitter account.
Wall’s jaw-dropping reaction included a “You’ve gotta be kidding” statement as she was cheered on by more than 30 family members who were in on the surprise.
You’re never too old to attend your first #Vikings playoff game.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) January 8, 2018
According to the Vikings, Wall will attend the game with her granddaughter, Ashley.
Normally, Wall will catch games on television with a screwdriver in hand. According to her family, she routinely throws a foam brick at the television screen when she gets frustrated with the team’s play.
“It’s funny, she actually tied a string to it because she got tired of going to retrieve it,” Ashley said. “But even through the ups and downs, she’s been a fan through it all.”
Wall has attended regular season games in the past, when the team played at the Metrodome and the old Met Stadium, but this will be her first visit to U.S. Bank Stadium.
As for Sunday, Ashley said she’s torn between watching the action on the field or turning her head to watch her grandmother’s reaction to the game.
We don’t blame her.
Wall is bound to have the time of her life. And, if the Vikings emerge with a win? The trip will be that much sweeter.
But, no pressure, guys in purple. A near 100-year-old woman is waiting for the franchise’s first Super Bowl win. And yes, she may have a brick in hand.