Centenarian gets to first game
Monday, January 2, 2006
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (AP) -- At 103 years old, Leone Margaret McKenney couldn't see or hear much over the crowd's roars at her first Packers game -- but she had the time of her life.
"I will never forget this. It was a humdinger," the great-great grandmother said after the Sunday game. "I don't know when I have enjoyed anything as much as I enjoyed that."
McKenney had said she never got to a Packers game when she was younger because her husband wasn't "too keen about football" and she never had the opportunity, even though her family moved to the Green Bay area in 1947.
But she keeps a picture of legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr in her apartment and wears Packers garb as she watches every game.
McKenney received the luxury box tickets from the owners of Renaissance Assisted Living in De Pere, where she has lived for five years.
Her occupational therapist accompanied her to assist with steps at the stadium because McKenney is recovering from a fractured hip.
On Sunday, Brett Favre threw his first touchdown pass in five games, giving the Packers a 23-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
"It was fabulous, and then to have a win," she said, "that was almost more than I could bear."