The father of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said both he and his wife contracted the coronavirus earlier this year, forcing Tom Brady Sr. to be hospitalized for three weeks.

Tom Brady Sr. told ESPN Radio on Monday that he and his wife, Galynn, were “sick as a dog.” The couple, both 76, missed the first two games of the younger Brady’s debut in Tampa, the first time they’ve ever missed a game.

“We’ve never missed a game at Michigan or New England or wherever,” Tom Brady Sr. told ESPN. “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 anybody who goes to the hospital. That’s serious stuff.”

The elder Brady said their bout with the virus “stressed out” their son.

“Tommy fought through it, and so now it’s in the rearview mirror,” he said. “We’re healthy, we’re happy and everything is good.”