Less than a week after being discharged from a Houston hospital, former president George H.W. Bush will attend this weekend’s Super Bowl to do the coin toss, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday. Bush’s wife Barbara, who was discharged from the same hospital just a week ago, will also partake in the coin toss, according to the couple’s representative Jim McGrath.
The couple, 92 and 91, respectively, found themselves in the Houston Methodist Hospital for different reasons last month, causing them to miss the inauguration of Donald Trump. The former president checked in first on Jan. 14 after being rushed there for experiencing shortness of breath. Diagnosed with pneumonia, the 41st president underwent a procedure to remove a blockage from his lung before remaining for more than two weeks.
Barbara Bush, meanwhile, checked into the hospital on Jan. 18 “as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing,” according to McGrath. Eventually diagnosed with bronchitis, the former first lady was released on Jan. 23.
This will be the second time the former president has performed the Super Bowl coin toss. He first flipped the coin in 2002, when the New England Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams, 20-17. Incidentally, the Rams won that coin toss, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reminds.
The Patriots will attempt to win their fifth Super Bowl on Sunday when they face the Atlanta Falcons. The game is set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET, with the coin toss directly preceding it.