Los Angeles - Former
US President George H.W. Bush will conduct the coin toss at this
weekend's Super Bowl just days after being released from a Texas
hospital after recovering from pneumonia, it was confirmed on Wednesday.
National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters
that the 41st president, age 92, and his wife Barbara, 91, were eager to
attend the showpiece in Houston.
"I approached them back in December. They were very enthusiastic
about wanting to participate and we're honored to have them," Goodell
"I think you all know that both of them had a little bit of a setback
recently, health-wise, but I've heard from both of them and they are
excited and anxious to be here. I think it'll be a great way to start
Bush senior was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on January 14
suffering from bacterial pneumonia. He was released from hospital on
Former First Lady Barbara Bush was also admitted to the same facility with bronchitis but was released before her husband.
Former President Bush has Parkinson's disease, which has left him in a
wheelchair. His is a less-common version of Parkinson's that only
affects the lower body.
Bush, who served as commander-in-chief from 1989 to 1993, is the oldest of the five living former US presidents.