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George HW Bush, wife to toss coin at Super Bowl

In this photo provided by the Office of George H.W. Bush on Monday Jan. 23, former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara pose for a photo at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston. (Source: Courtesy the Office of George H.W. Bush via AP) In this photo provided by the Office of George H.W. Bush on Monday Jan. 23, former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara pose for a photo at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston. (Source: Courtesy the Office of George H.W. Bush via AP)

(RNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara will flip the coin before the 2017 Super Bowl to be held in Houston, TX, on Sunday. 

“I approached them back in December and they were very excited about wanting to participate,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Wednesday. “We are honored to have them.”

The former president was discharged from Houston Methodist Hospital on Monday after being treated for pneumonia. “He is thankful for the many prayers and kind messages he received during his stay…” Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said on Monday. 

“I have heard from both of them and they are excited and anxious to be here,” Goodell said. “I think it will be a great way to start the game.”

The former president, 92, was in the hospital for about two weeks. Barbara Bush, 91, was placed in the hospital as well for a brief time and was released before her husband.  

The powerful New England Patriots are making their seventh Super Bowl appearance in 16 years while the Atlanta Falcons have fought their way to the big game for the second time. 

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