MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Despite the urging of thousands on social media and several unsolicited fundraising efforts, 99-year-old Millie Wall will be sticking around Minnesota for the NFC Championship game.
She captured the hearts of Vikings' fans around the world after the team invited her to Sunday night's matchup against the Saints, a roadshow of a game that ended with a last second, 61-yard miracle pass from quarterback Case Keenum to receiver Stefon Diggs.
A video of Millie reading her letter from the Vikings went viral before the game, an early birthday present for the woman who's been rooting for the team since it was founded in 1961.
Skeptical at first of her newfound fame, Millie embraced her role as a bona-fide good luck charm after the buzzer beating heroics of her Vikings. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell even stopped by her seat to say hi and offer a birthday present of his own--Super Bowl tickets to see the big game at the Vikings' home stadium. She plans to attend whether the Vikings make it or not.
Due to her age and a strong desire to spend the day with her family, however, she announced through her granddaughter Monday that she would not be making the trip to Philadelphia Sunday.
Millie says she'll still be watching the game, however, her favorite drink in hand--a screwdriver with a splash of cranberry.