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Father-son photo wins Packers Ticket Takeover contest

Packers Ticket Takeover contest submission from Ryan Messatzzia. (Photo courtesy packerseverywhere.com)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- A Delaware man and his son will be gracing the tickets for the Green Bay Packers' Dec. 23 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Packers announced Friday that Ryan Messatzzia of Delmar, Delaware, won this year's Packers Ticket Takeover contest. Messatzzia's photo received the most votes from fans among the five finalists announced last month.

Messatzzia's photo features him dressed in a throwback uniform and holding his 1-year-old son, Miles, who's dressed as a football.

The photo has special meaning for Messatzzia, the Packers say.

“Miles is my hero. He is the most resilient person I know,” Messatzzia said in a news release. “He was hospitalized twice during the first three months of his life, the second being for respiratory failure. We almost lost him, but he has bounced back like a champ.”

Messatzzia told the Packers he was able to take some time off from his job as a professor at a community college to care for Miles, and began a tradition he called Miles’ Monday Movie Madness, where the two would watch a movie or TV show, and Messatzzia would dress Miles up as one of the characters in the pshow they were watching.

“It was a cool way to bond with my son, who I found out was very tolerant of my shenanigans,” Messatzzia said in a news release. “It seemed a natural fit that he would be my ‘football’ to hold for our Halloween trek around our community.”

Messatzzia says he has been a Packers fan since he watched Brett Favre throw a touchdown pass to Kitrick Taylor in 1992.

Besides having his photo printed on the game tickets, Messatzzia and his family receive tickets to the game, a flight to Green Bay and hotel accommodations.

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