Tom Brady's parents both had COVID-19 last year: 'It was a matter of life and death'

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On top of starting life in a new state and with a new team this season, Tom Brady also had some serious stuff going on with his family -- both his parents had COVID-19.

Appearing on ESPN's Greeny Show with Mike Greenberg, Tom Brady Sr. revealed he and his wife had COVID at the beginning of the football season.

"When the season started this year I was in the hospital with COVID for almost three weeks and my wife was sick with COVID at the same time," he said. "We didn’t even see the first two games of the year. It was the first two games I ever missed of his career because I was sick as a dog and my wife was as sick as a dog."

Brady Sr. added: "I didn’t even care if they were playing much less missing the game. It was a matter of life and death, just like anyone who goes into the hospital. It was serious stuff. Tommy fought through it and now it’s in the rear-view mirror. We’re healthy, we’re happy and everything is good.”

Brady Sr. said during that time one of his daughters was able to come to California and help take care of his wife.

Brady will be playing in his 10th Super Bowl in two weeks and the family is planning to be there.

“It’s a wonderful time to get together to celebrate Tommy’s success and the family get-togethers," Brady Sr. said. "We’re going to get there. … We’re going to be extra cautious.”