When Barbara Bush met Matt Ryan

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FEBRUARY 5, 2017 HOUSTON TX Barbara Bush shakes hands with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) as the Atlanta Falcons meet the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX, Sunday, February 5, 2017. John Spink/AJC

The 2017 Super Bowl featured the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, with Lady Gaga performing at halftime. But Barbara and George H.W. Bush were stars of the pregame show.

The former president and his wife were conveyed onto the field where Bush 41 performed the coin toss. The crowd at NRG Stadium in Houston went wild, as the video clip below indicates.

As part of the festivities, Barbara Bush exchanged greetings with Falcons QB Matt Ryan.

Bush, 92, has died after a period of failing health, a family spokesperson said.

A family spokesman recently announced that Bush, who had battled ailments including congestive heart failure, had opted to cease medical intervention in favor of care focused on keeping her comfortable. She passed away “surrounded by a family she adores,” the office of former President Bush 41 said.

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Former President Jimmy Carter is among the many prominent voices offering messages of solace at the news of Bush’s passing.

“She touched the hearts of millions with her warmth, generosity, and keen wit. The matriarch of a family dedicated to serving, she urged volunteerism as a way for all citizens to participate in our nation’s progress,” a statement on behalf of President and Mrs. Carter said. “Through her own work to promote literacy as a value in every American home, countless families now have the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in all aspects of their lives. She will be missed.”

 

FEBRUARY 5, 2017 HOUSTON TX Former President George H.W. Bush does the coin toss with former First Lady Barbara Bush looking on as the Atlanta Falcons meet the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX, Sunday, February 5, 2017. Curtis Compton/AJC

FEBRUARY 5, 2017 HOUSTON TX Former President George H.W. Bush gives the cheering crowd a thumbs up and former First Lady Barbara Bush waves as they take the field for the coin toss while the Atlanta Falcons meet the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX, Sunday, February 5, 2017. Curtis Compton/AJC


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