Tom Brady’s 76-year-old parents both battled COVID-19 earlier this season, Tom Sr. revealed Monday, telling ESPN Radio that he spent three weeks in the hospital in what he described as a ‘matter of life and death.’
‘I was in the hospital with COVID for almost three weeks and my wife was sick with COVID at the same time,’ Tom Sr. told ESPN‘s Michael Greenberg on Monday.
Tom Sr. said he and Galynn were both ‘sick as a dog’ while they were infected in early September.
Galynn is a breast cancer survivor, putting her at greater risk from coronavirus, but it was Tom Sr., 76, who said he got the worst of the infection.
‘We’ve never missed a game at Michigan or New England or wherever,’ Tom Sr. said. ‘For the first two games when I was in the hospital, I didn’t even care if they were playing — much less missing the game. It was a matter of life and death, just like anybody who goes to the hospital. That’s serious stuff.’
Tom Sr. said his son ‘fought through’ the distraction, but Brady’s statistics from his first two games with Tampa Bay suggest he may have been distracted.
After signing a two-year, $50 million deal with the Buccaneers in March, Brady began the season with a 1-1 record in September by tossing three interceptions and competing just 46 of 71 passes.
Fortunately for the Bucs, Brady, and most of all, his parents, their health improved and so did the team’s fortunes.
Brady threw for three touchdowns and 297 yards in an easy win over the Denver Broncos on September 27, and is now preparing to play in his 10th Super Bowl after beating the Packers in the NFC title game on Sunday.
‘Now it’s in the rearview mirror,’ said Tom Sr., who added that he tries to FaceTime with his son every day.
‘We’re healthy, we’re happy and everything is good.
‘We’re just representing the 25 million Americans who have had it so far this year. So, it’s nothing to shake a stick at.’
Brady and his sisters Nancy, Julie, and Maureen were raised by their parents in San Mateo, California. The six-time Super Bowl champion has repeatedly named his father, Tom Sr., when asked who his hero is.
‘My Dad has been my best friend my entire life,’ Brady told Boston’s WEEI in 2017. ‘He’s always been my No. 1 supporter.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Alex Raskin