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80-Year-old Packers fan goes to first game


GREEN BAY (WAOW) -- An 80-year-old Wausau Packers fan took her first trip to Lambeau Field Sunday.

Friends say, Phyllis Barttelt hasn't missed a Packers game in 20 years, but she has only watched games on television.

Benedictine Living Community, where Barttelt live, decided to send their favorite Packers fan to Lambeau Field.

"She's really excited," said Carrie Becker, an employee at Benedictine Living Community. "You can't really tell by looking at her, but that's Phyllis for you."

Barttelt says, she was too excited to sleep.

"I woke up at four [this morning]," Barttelt said. "I couldn't sleep."

But once Barttelt got to Lambeau, she was wide awake and ready to share her Packers pride.

Becker said other Packers fans wanted their picture taken with Barttelt.

The Packers took an early lead against the Carolina Panthers. Barttelt cheered for her team right away.

Barttelt said the Packers won because she "told Rodgers if he didn't win, [she would] kick him."

Halfway through the game, the Packers fan decided it was time to leave.

"My husband isn't with me," explained teary-eyed Barttelt.

Barttelt lost her husband about a year ago. She said the game reminded her of watching games with her husband. Barttelt got emotional when she thought about him not being there with her.

Even though she left the game early, Barttelt says she is glad she had the opportunity to watch her favorite team begin their victorious game.

As long as Aaron Rodgers plays, Barttelt says she would love to visit Lambeau Field again.

Barttelt enjoyed a cold beer at the game and picked up several souvenirs to remember the day.

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