After a concerning stint in the hospital, former President George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara Bush are determined to handle the customary coin toss for Sunday’s game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots.
NFL Commissioner: Former Pres. George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush to perform Super Bowl coin toss: "They're excited and anxious to be here." pic.twitter.com/fcxH4TLtyL
— ABC News (@ABC) February 1, 2017
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement Wednesday during the press conference, saying the couple was “enthusiastic” about the task when he approached them in December.
“We’re honored to have them,” Goodell said. “Obviously, you all know that both of them have had a little bit of a setback – health-wise, recently.”
“But, I’ve heard from both of them and they’re excited and anxious to be here,” Goodell continued.
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) February 1, 2017
Yesterday, Bush posted a video of a twirling coin on Twitter, saying he was getting “fired up” for the game.
Bush, 92, and his wife, 91, were recently discharged from a Houston hospital. Bush was treated for pneumonia for two weeks, while Barbara Bush, spent five days there being treated for bronchitis, The Associated Press reported.
The couple lives in Houston, which is hosting Super Bowl LI.