Sophia Nagreen says she’s been a Green Bay Packers fan all her life.
However, not until Thursday, Aug. 16, had she ever actually gone to a game.
“I was so excited. Everybody around us was excited. I never thought I’d ever do anything like that in my lifetime,” she said. “I watched the big screen. I could tell better what was going on.”
Nagreen, who turned 99 on March 16, went to the game with daughter and son-in-law Judy and Cliff Hahn, of Fremont, and daughter Nancy Anderson, of Neenah.
When asked why Nagreen had not previously gone to a Packers game, her daughter Judy said, “We never really thought about it before. The pre-season tickets we had meant we didn’t have to do the steps. It was convenient.
“I think it came to me when she was here a couple weeks ago. She wanted to go on the boat. That is when the idea came. Maybe, she would like to go to a Packers game, too.”
The Hahns own Hahn-A-Lula Resort, outside of Fremont, and Nagreen typically has lunch there each Sunday after attending church services nearby.
This past Sunday was no different, and she talked about the experience of going to her first Green Bay Packers game.
“When we first got there, only a few people were there. Then, it was full,” Nagreen said.
She had a hotdog, which she thought tasted good but was too expensive.
They stayed at the game until half time.
“They were losing already by pretty much,” she said.
By then, it had also started to rain.
Her daughter Nancy said, “We’re kind of glad we did it that way. Otherwise, we thought it would be too much for her.”
Nagreen wore her Green Bay Packers vest that has the number 98 on the back of it. The vest was given to her as a gift the Christmas before she turned 98.
She also wore a Packers hat to the game and kept warm with a Packers blanket.
Nagreen says her favorite player is Aaron Rodgers.
“I don’t know him too well,” she said. “Everybody likes him. He’s done so well.”
Another favorite of hers was former quarterback Bart Starr.
Nagreen and her late husband Clarence lived in Fremont for 50 years and owned the Weyauwega Hotel.
She remembers sitting in their living room and watching the games on television with him.
“And every time they scored, we had a drink,” she said, smiling.
Today, Nagreen lives in Oshkosh, and when she watches a Packers game at Hahn’s, she might have one Shirley Temple to drink.
“I never paid much attention until I started watching with him,” she said of her husband. “He loved it so well.”
While the Packers did not win last Thursday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, Nagreen’s daughter Judy said, “It was fun. She’s 99.”
After hearing that, Nagreen quickly said, “99 and five months.”