Ahead of Super Bowl LI, former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara participated in the celebratory coin toss.

In recent weeks, both members of the Bush family had fallen ill, and many in the country began to worry about their health.

Despite their previous illnesses, the former president and first lady appeared at Sunday night’s game, to the great delight of the crowd.

Cameras captured as the stadium erupted in applause and gave the Bush family a standing ovation that will no doubt be one of the most memorable moments of the night.

Though former President Bush is from New England, he has long called the state of Texas home, and the tens of thousands in attendance in Houston let him know how much he was loved.

As George H.W. and Barbara Bush took the Super Bowl field, the crowd showered them with love (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Douglas Barclay is a Senior Editor at Rare. Follow him on Twitter @douglabarclay17
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