Entertainment Sports Tom Brady's Parents Both Contracted COVID-19 and His Dad Was Hospitalized: 'A Matter of Life and Death' Tom Brady Sr. said he and Galynn Brady were both "sick as a dog" By Naledi Ushe Naledi Ushe Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on January 25, 2021 04:32 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Tom Brady and his parents. Photo: Mark Humphrey/AP/Shutterstock Tom Brady's parents – Tom Brady Sr. and Galynn Brady – both contracted COVID-19 in September. Brady Sr., 76, opened up about his experience in a recent interview, which he said led him to become hospitalized. "I was in the hospital with COVID for almost three weeks, and my wife was sick with COVID at the same time," the quarterback's father said on Monday's episode of ESPN's Greeny radio show. Brady Sr. noted that he had to miss the first two games Brady, 43, played as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer in Sept. 2020 because he and Galynn were both "sick as a dog." Tom Brady and his parents. Mark Humphrey/AP/Shutterstock Tom Brady and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Reach NFL Playoffs for the First Time Since 2007 "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," he admitted. The football star's father added, "It was a matter of life and death, just like anybody who goes to the hospital. That's serious stuff." He also revealed that although he had to be hospitalized, Galynn, 76, who is a cancer survivor, had more mild symptoms and was able to be treated at home by their daughter Maureen who is a nurse. "We're just representative of 25 million Americans who've had this stuff so far, so it's nothing to shake a stick at," Brady Sr. said. RELATED VIDEO: Tom Brady Shares Sweet Hug with His Son to Celebrate NFC Playoff Win, Heads to His 10th Super Bowl The six-time Super Bowl champion also had a difficult time with his parents' diagnosis. Brady Sr. said his son would "FaceTime me every day on his way to and from practice" and was "stressed out" because of it. "Tommy fought through it, and so now it's in the rearview mirror," he added. On a happier note, Brady Sr. shared, "We're healthy, we're happy and everything is good." As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from the CDC, WHO and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.