Packers fan in oft-aired Visa ad to miss first Super Bowl

MILWAUKEE -- The streak is over: One of the four men featured in a national commercial for never missing a Super Bowl game will not be at Sunday's showdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers.

Family members say 79-year-old Robert Cook of Brown Deer, Wis., is hospitalized and has sent his two daughters to Arlington, Texas, instead.

Cook's wife, Sarah, told The Associated Press they were packed and ready to go Thursday, but her husband became very weak and ended up in a hospital. Cook says her husband is very depressed; the streak is over, but he also won't be able to watch his beloved Packers in the big game.

Cook and three other men who've been to every Super Bowl since 1967 created the "Never Missed a Super Bowl Club" and gained recognition in a recent Visa Inc. credit card commercial. Cook's daughters have enlarged a photo of their dad and attached it to a stick so they could hold it up at the game.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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