Kicker – An unbroken Packers fan streak

NICK EICHER, HOST: Fritzie Neitzel grew up in Wisconsin and went to her first Packers game with her dad when she was 10 years old.

Since then, she has never missed a playoff game at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field.

But with only 2,000 seats available for the NFC championship game yesterday, Mrs. Neitzel almost missed her first.

She told WISN tv she was pretty upset.

NEITZEL: I can’t even begin to tell you. This is the first time in 75 years that I’ve been denied being at a playoff game.

REICHARD: 75 years?!

You heard that right. Her unbroken streak of Packers playoff games spanned 75 years!

And that would have been the end of it, if not for a generous fellow Green Bay fan. 

For years, Steve Ewing has bought Packers playoff tickets for the sole purpose of giving them away.

EWING: I’m looking for really, really deserving people, people that really deserve the tickets much more than me.

And he managed a pair of tickets this year as well.

Just one problem: the Packers made all e-tickets non-transferable

To solve the problem, Ewing not only gave Mrs. Neitzel the tickets, but loaned her his phone to get into the stadium.

Too bad for Green Bay fans, the Packers lost as Tampa Bay won the game and advanced to the Super Bowl.

But just as she has for 75 years, Mrs. Neitzel was perched in the stands at Lambeau wearing green and gold and cheering on her Packers!

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(Photo/WCIV, Facebook) Fritzie Neitzel

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