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George HW Bush to flip coin at Super Bowl

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Former President George H.W. Bush will perform the pre-game coin toss ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl, less than a week after leaving the hospital, where the 92-year-old was treated for pneumonia.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed Bush’s involvement during a Wednesday press conference in Houston.

Goodell said Bush and his wife, Barbara, would both participate in the coin flip ahead of Super Bowl LI, to be played between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at Houston’s NRG Stadium.

A spokesman for the Bush family said on Twitter they were “looking forward” to the event.

The 41st president tweeted later Wednesday that he was “getting fired up” for Sunday’s big game, including a gif of a spinning Super Bowl coin.

George H.W. and Barbara Bush were both hospitalized before President Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

{mosads}Barbara Bush was hospitalized for “fatigue and coughing” but was released in improved health before her husband, who returned home on Monday.

“He is thankful for the many prayers and kind messages he received during his stay, as well as the world-class care that both his doctors and nurses provided,” spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.

George H.W. Bush sent Trump a letter explaining the former first couple’s absence from Inauguration Day.

“Barbara and I are so sorry we can’t be there for your inauguration on January 20th,” he wrote.

“My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under,” he added. “Same for Barbara. So I guess we’re stuck in Texas.”

—Updated at 4:12 p.m.

Tags Barbara Bush Football George H.W. Bush National Football League NFL Politics Roger Goodell Sports Super Bowl

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