Tom Brady Sr. reveals that he and wife, Galynn, contracted COVID-19 early in NFL season

As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prepare to face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55, the father of quarterback Tom Brady said that both he and his wife tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the year.

Tom Brady Sr. said Monday in an interview with ESPN Radio that he was hospitalized for three weeks as he received treatment for the virus and that he and his wife, Galynn, were "sick as a dog."

"We've never missed a game at Michigan or New England or wherever," Brady Sr. said in the interview. "For the first two games when I was in the hospital, I didn't even care if they were playing, much less missing the game. It was a matter of life and death, just like (for) anybody who goes to the hospital. That's serious stuff."

He added later that the virus is "nothing to shake a stick at."

Brady, who will play in his 10th career Super Bowl, didn't disclose his parents' diagnosis at the time and went on to lead the Buccaneers to an 11-5 record and the fifth seed in the NFC. Tampa Bay defeated the Green Bay Packers Sunday in the NFC Championship Game to clinch it Super Bowl berth.

Patriots QB Tom Brady, left, and his father at Pebble Beach in 2006. (Photo: Ben Margot, AP)

Brady Sr. said that Brady was "stressed out" worrying about his parents and would FaceTime with them as he was going to and from practice.

"Tommy fought through it, and so now it's in the rearview mirror," Brady Sr. said. "We're healthy, we're happy and everything is good."

Brady Sr. said that Galynn didn't require hospitalization and that their daughter cared for Galynn, who is a cancer survivor, while Brady Sr. was in the hospital. Their daughter is a nurse. Both Brady Sr. and Galynn are 76 years old.

The Super Bowl is set for Feb. 7 in the Buccaneers' home stadium, marking the first time in NFL history that one of the two teams in the game will be playing at home. 

"This year has been unbelievable," Brady Sr. said. "Not knowing where we're going to start the season out, and being where we are to end the season is just a stunning development as far as I'm concerned."

Brady Sr. said he and Galynn are healthy now and plan to attend the game.

"Getting to the 10th Super Bowl in 19 years of playing is pretty — it's incomprehensible, actually," Brady Sr. said. "It's beyond anything we could ever imagine."

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