Talk about the experience of a lifetime.
Millie Wall, a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Vikings, is headed to her first playoff game to celebrate turning 100 years old in 2018. The Vikings sent Wall a note surprising her with tickets to their matchup with the New Orleans Saints in the NFC divisional round Sunday at 3:40 p.m. CT.
Wall’s granddaughter, Ashley, captured the moment in a video that went viral on Twitter.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 8, 2018
“We know you will bring us luck as we enter into this playoff run and hope to bring it home,” the 99-year-old read aloud from a letter. “Thank you for the many years of supporting and cheering on our team and making us part of your life.”
Wall paused for a brief moment to take in what she had just read.
“You’ve got to be kidding,” she said.
According to Vikings.com, more than 30 of Wall’s family members gathered around to see her reaction when the surprise was revealed. Wall has been a fan of the Vikings since the franchise was founded in 1961. On Sunday, she’ll get to experience her first game inside U.S. Bank Stadium with her granddaughter.
“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 Wall told Vikings.com after relaying a hilarious story of how her grandmother throws a foam brick at the TV when things go awry with her team.
“I think it’s going to just be a really great experience,” Ashley told Vikings.com. “We’re so excited as a family to watch her and watch everything come to life.”