Distance makes no difference for Holiday Retirement’s football super fan
Football is an American institution, and for some fans, the love of the game can last a lifetime. For Larry Kiggins, a resident at Holiday Retirement’s Highland Estates in Cedar Park, Texas, it is the storied Green Bay Packers franchise that has followed him from adolescence through the intervening years.
Larry gained a love of the Packers franchise by way of an introduction from his father in 1939. As Larry remembers it, he wasn’t more than 14 or 15 years old when his father told him about Green Bay—a small town in Wisconsin that had its own football franchise—and he’s been a Packers fan ever since.
Some years after he started following the team, Larry spent a short timing living and working in Wisconsin. This was during the Lombardi era, and in 1965 he was invited, through work, to watch the Bart Starr–led Packers play at Lambeau Field. That experience included a visit to the locker room, where Starr’s locker proved to be a point of interest. “I’ve never seen so many people taking pictures of a locker,” Larry said.
But while he found the locker room exciting, it had nothing on seeing the field in person for the first time. “I was in awe, absolute awe,” Larry explained. “I didn’t know it then, but that would be the first and the last time I would walk into the beautiful stadium. It’s a memory that I will never forget for the rest of my life.”
Even though he’s at a geographical distance, Larry hasn’t lost his enthusiasm for the game: “Now, I am very satisfied with watching my Packers on my television, while drinking an ice cold beer right here at home.”
At Holiday Retirement, we build our communities to keep our residents connected to what they love most. Whether that’s kicking back for a big game or joining the fun at one of our many activities and events, there’s always something happening.