The Minnesota Vikings’ shock 29-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints may have been because of more than just wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ 61-yard touchdown. A very special superfan in attendance, 99-year-old Millie Wall, could have given the team the boost it needed.
Wall has been a Vikings fan since its inception in 1961 — but Sunday was her first time at the playoffs.
She’d never been able to attend any of their 21 playoff games, and the team, which hadn’t won a playoff game at home since 2009, made sure to have her there.
“I’m overwhelmed,” she said about her newfound celebrity, according to Fox 9. ”I can’t believe the reaction this is getting, and I’m stunned.”
Now, thanks to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, she’s heading to the Super Bowl as well, according to Fox 9. Free tickets to the game — conveniently being held at the Vikings’ stadium on February 4 — are an early 100th birthday present from the league.
According to Fox 9, there are online requests to help Wall see the Vikings take on the Eagles Sunday in Philadelphia — including a GoFundMe page and the aptly-titled hashtag #MillieToPhilly on Twitter.
Wall, who turns 100 on Independence Day, enjoyed the game and her screwdriver cocktail — her drink of choice she usually sips while watching the Vikings from her living room.
“I think they did a wonderful job,” Wall said, according to Fox 9. ”They made me very happy.”