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Delaware father, son win Packers ticket contest

Ryan Messtazzia, of Delmar, Del., and his 1-year-old son Miles, are the winners of the Green Bay “Packers Ticket Takeover Contest.” (Photo courtesy of the Green Bay Packers)

After thousands of entries and more than 50,000 votes in the contest, Ryan Messatzzia of Delmar, Del., was chosen as the winner of the Green Bay “Packers Ticket Takeover Contest.”

Messatzzia’s photo of himself and his 1-year-old son, Miles, will be printed on the tickets for the Fan Appreciation Game against the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 23.

Superior’s Brooke Taylor was one of five finalists in the contest, which was posted on

Messatzzia grew up in New Jersey and became a Packers fan in 1992 after seeing Brett Favre throw a game-winning touchdown pass to Kitrick Taylor to beat the Cincinnati Bengals.

Later that week, he visited the local library to find every book, magazine and article about the Packers he could find and became a fan for life.

The photo features Messatzzia dressed up in a Tony Canadeo jersey holding Miles, who is dressed up as a football, during Halloween of 2016.

“Miles is my hero. He is the most resilient person I know,” said Messatzzia. “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.”

In addition to having his photo printed on approximately 80,000 tickets for the 2017 season’s Fan Appreciation game, Messatzzia and his family will receive two tickets to the game, including hotel and flight accommodations.

Voters in the contest this year also were entered to win a signed Packers jersey. The winner of the jersey is Lisa Liebgott from Roscoe, Ill.

The other three finalists were Molly Schlinger from White Plains, N.Y.; Jade Perry from Dawsonville, Ga.; and Annette Travis from Norco, Calif.