91-year-old Packers fan to be featured on game ticket
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WLUK) -- It's a home that's hard to miss with its goalpost mailbox and Green Bay Packers decor.
Inside lies a huge collection of Packers memorabilia, all belonging to 91-year-old Chet Kukla.
"I got a lot of stuff. I don't know if it's worth anything, but it's worth something to me, you know," said Kukla.
His photo will also soon become a part of Packers history.
A picture of Kukla and family friend Pat Bake won this year's Packers Ticket Takeover contest.
"I picked up Chet, it was a surprise 90th birthday party for my mother-in-law," explained Paul Kolbach.
Kolbach submitted the photo of the two.
"He was giving her a hug, and wishing her the best," said Kolbach. "Because he is 91, and she is 90. It was a kind of special photograph."
Born and raised in Green Bay, Kukla's love for the green and gold dates to the Curly Lambeau days.
"When the Packers played on the east side, I used to jump over the fence. I'd go to the ballgame, cheating a little bit," laughed Kukla. "That's when I really got involved in the Packers."
Kolbach says Bake has yet to miss a Packers game, "She can't go to the games any more because she has multiple sclerosis, but she just loves watching the game."
Their faces will soon to be printed on nearly 80,000 Packers tickets.
Kukla says the surprise still hasn't fully sunk in.
"They picked me, I don't know, I can't understand it," he chuckled.
You can catch Kukla's photo printed on the Packers-Detroit Lions ticket. That game is scheduled for Dec. 30.