At her 103rd birthday party last September Wilma Ellington was already excited about how her Denver Broncos were looking early in the season. It must have been her wish when she blew out her candles her wish was to see the Broncos in another Super Bowl. With one hundred and three trips around the sun birthday wishes get super powerful and sure enough Grandma’s team will be battling it out with the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday in New York for Super Bowl XLVIII. Grandma Ellington was already 55 when the first Super Bowl was played 48 years ago and was a resident of Denver, Colorado. She’s been a fan ever since the team was first chartered in 1970 and before leaving to live with her daughter Donna and David Schmidt in Soldotna she was honored at an exhibition game in Denver, “They brought me out on the field and they had a ‘Welcome Wilma!’ up on the big scoreboard sign for everyone to see and they gave me a team autographed football that I keep right here next to the TV,” Ellington told the Dispatch in an interview.
“It’s been a very exciting year and I’ve been looking forward to this for the whole season.I didn’t know for sure early on if we’d get there, it’s hard to make it to the Super Bowl, but here we are and Payton Manning has been incredible. I’d didn’t know what to think about the Tebow years, but he didn’t get us to a Super Bowl. Payton Manning is getting up years for a football player but I never miss a game and he is an amazing player. We just couldn’t believe some of the things he pulled off when he was in there. I didn’t know he’d be that good, but in the last game he sure kept Tim Brady off the field where he couldn’t do any harm. It’s been an interesting season that, for sure and I’m really looking forward to this Sunday. I’m not going to make any predictions. If they win that’ll be great but if we don’t I’m not going to fret about it because they got there anyway and there are more important things than football, but it’ll be a fun game. I’ll be cheering for the Broncos and if Payton Manning wants to give me a call I’ll be happy to talk with him,” said Grandma Ellington. So never mind the “Gipper” boys win another one for your 103-year-old fan in Alaska, Grandma Wilma Ellington!