Super Bowl LI: George H.W. Bush, wife Barbara sign on for coin toss

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Former United States president George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, have agreed to do the commemorative coin toss at Super Bowl LI on Sunday.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement on Wednesday, ahead of the showpiece clash between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Houston.

The 41st president of the United States and the former first lady were both recently released from the hospital, where he was being treated for pneumonia.

Barbara Bush was admitted as a precaution.

"The Bushes didn't hesitate for one second in accepting it," Jim McGrath, the Bushes' spokesman, told the Houston Chronicle.

"They couldn't be prouder of their hometown and the Texans organization."

George Bush, 92, even took to Twitter to express his excitement.

The Bushes are a frequent fixture at Houston Texans games, and McGrath indicated the NFL offering George Bush the chance to flip the coin was a motivator for him to get better.

"He always has a goal on the horizon, something to keep him charging forward," McGrath said. "I have no doubt that this was one of them."