This year’s Super Bowl began with former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, heading to the middle of the field for the customary coin toss.
Bush’s appearance at the Super Bowl comes just six days after he left Houston Methodist Hospital following a stint in the intensive care unit for pneumonia. Barbara was also hospitalized as a precaution at the same time.
Both a longtime resident of Houston and a football fan, Bush accepted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s invitation to toss the coin back in December.
A captain for the New England Patriots chose heads. Bush’s coin toss ended up being tails, meaning the Atlanta Falcons were able to pick which team would start with the football. They chose to defer, giving the Patriots the start and awarding the Falcons the ball to begin the second half later in the game.