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It was one of the most heartwarming moments of the night!
Former United States President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, made a rare public appearance to participate in the 2017 Super Bowl coin toss on Sunday, Feb. 5 — just days after the couple was released from the hospital after both experiencing health scares.
Just minutes before kickoff, George and Barbara were announced as special guests at the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons matchup. Fans cheered while they made their way across the field at Houston's NRG Stadium, with George in a wheelchair and Barbara following beside him in a golf cart.
George and Barbara at the Super Bowl. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Once they made it to center field, George was given the honor of tossing the coin to decide which team would have the ball first. After George flipped the coin, it fell on tails — which was in the Atlanta Falcons' favor.
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Jim McGrath, the Bush family’s spokesperson, previously announced that George and his wife would be accepting the invitation to the Super Bowl on Twitter.
“Pres/Mrs [George H.W. Bush] are honored by [NFL] Commissioner Roger Goddell's kind invite to flip the coin [before the] #SuperBowl, and are looking forward to it,” he wrote.
George at the2017 Super Bowl. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Their invitation came just two days after George was released from Houston Methodist Hospital. He was admitted on Jan. 18 after experiencing shortness of breath, Closer previously reported. Shortly after George was admitted to the hospital, Barbara was also admitted and treated for coughing and fatigue.
Barbara was discharged from the hospital five days later after being treated for bronchitis, McGrath said in a statement posted to Twitter. George was discharged from the hospital on Jan. 30, after he was treated for pneumonia.
Watch George's coin toss below!