Tom Brady's father shares details about COVID-19 fight: 'A harrowing experience'
While Tom Brady prepares to play in his 10th Super Bowl on Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, his father is just happy to be alive.
Brady’s parents, Tom Brady Sr. and Galynn Brady, sat down with NFL Network’s Andrea Kremer recently to detail their bouts with COVID-19.
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"I had no interest whatsoever in winning or losing, I just was interested in taking the next breath."@TomBrady's parents sat down with @Andrea_Kremer to detail Tom Brady Sr. overcoming COVID and the excitement of getting to see his son play in his 10th Super Bowl 👇 pic.twitter.com/VEX0vQooIo
— NFL GameDay (@NFLGameDay) February 7, 2021
Brady Sr.’s experience with COVID-19 was more severe. He says spent 18 days in the hospital without being able to see his wife, who was also fighting the virus during that time.
“We were both coughing and not feeling great, so I stopped at an urgent care center. Within about 45 minutes, a doctor called me and said, ‘you’re positive.’ The next day, I couldn’t breathe,” Brady Sr. said. “We walked into the hospital and that was the last time that I saw her for 18 days. I had pneumonia as well as COVID … It was a harrowing experience.
“I’m thankful I’m here to be honest with you.”
This all took place back in September, just as Brady was beginning his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“When the season started, I had no interest whatsoever in winning or losing,” Brady Sr. said. “I just was interested in taking the next breath.”
Now healthy again, Brady Sr. emphasized how excited he is to be able to spend time with his family in Tampa at the Super Bowl this weekend.
“I’m jumping out of my skin, getting back there to see these kids and grandkids,” he said. “That’s one of the great benefits of this weekend for us. To be able to get together with our family that we haven’t been able to give hugs and kisses to for a year. And root for the Buccaneers!”
Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. ET.