TAMPA — Tom Brady Sr. spent 18 days in the hospital with pneumonia and COVID-19 in September, struggling to breathe and worried he might die as a result of the virus.
“I’m thankful I’m here, to be honest with you,” Brady Sr. said Sunday during an interview with Andrea Kremer on NFL Network.
Brady’s mother, Galynn, also contracted “a severe case” of COVID-19 but remained at home under the care of her daughters.
“I had pneumonia as a well as well as COVID(-19). They were pumping me with oxygen,” Brady Sr. said. “If your lungs don’t absorb the oxygen, then we’re going to have to put you on a ventilator. It was a harrowing experience.”
Brady’s parents, who are both 76, believed they were taking enough precautions to prevent catching the virus.
Galynn couldn’t visit her husband in the hospital and didn’t see him for 18 days.
“Every day, it was just waiting for the doctor to call and it was like, ‘Well, he’s in stable condition.’ And I hated that word ‘stable.’ It’s so unnerving,” she said.
Brady Sr. said his son was very concerned and FaceTimed him every day at the hospital. The Bucs were beginning the regular season, but Brady’s parents weren’t focused on football.
“I think (Brady) called the hospital every morning,” Galynn said. “His dad is his hero. So I know he was worried. All of the grandchildren decided to make posters saying. ‘We love you, Papa. Don’t give up.’”
Fortunately, Brady’s parents both beat the virus. But when Brady Sr. came home, he had another mishap.
“I went downstairs. I was in the backyard. It was a sunny day,” he said. “I collapsed and tore my knee up, which needed surgery as a result of it.”
The Bradys were asked if they were concerned their son hasn’t taken enough precautions to prevent catching COVID-19 since he often is pictured without wearing a mask.
“Yes. You know what? He’s 43 years of age,” Brady Sr. said. “We keep harping on it. ... He probably takes 45 pills a day. So far, God willing, he’s still healthy but the answer is yes, we do.”
Brady Sr. and Galynn arrived in Tampa on Saturday and were excited about seeing their son and grandchildren for the first time in a year.
“I’m jumping out of my skin to get back there and see these kids and grandkids,” Brady Sr. said. “That’s one of the great benefits of this weekend for us, to be able to get together with our family that we haven’t been able to give hugs and kisses to for a year and root on the Buccaneers.”
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