On Sunday, former President George H.W. Bush will perform the coin toss at the beginning of Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas. The 41st President of the United States will be assisting in the coin toss to start off the game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons just days after being released from the hospital.
The Commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell,made the announcement on Wednesday. The 92-year-old Bush says he is “getting fired up” to complete the task in a tweet.
Bush 41 was admitted to the hospital on January 14 for a respiratory issue caused by a stint with pneumonia. He was later moved to the intensive care unit of Houston Methodist Hospital on the same day his wife, Barbara, was admitted as a precaution after showing signs of illness. The two were discharged last week.
Roger Goodell said he first asked the Bushes in December about participating in the event. The idea was put on hold when the two were admitted to the hospital, but now that they’re out, the pair is back on board.
“We’re honored to have them,” Goodell said. “Obviously, you all know that both of them have had a little bit a setback health-wise recently, but I’ve heard from both of them and they’re excited and anxious to be here.”
Super Bowl LI will not be the first Super Bowl that Bush Senior will have participated in. In 2002, he flipped the coin at the head of the game, becoming the first former President to do so during a Super Bowl.