Coronavirus takes life of father of former Falcons quarterback

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Bobby Hebert in 1995.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Bobby Hebert in 1995.

Credit: JOHN BAZEMORE

Credit: JOHN BAZEMORE

The father of former Falcons quarterback Bobby Hebert died Saturday because of the coronavirus.

Hebert Sr. was 81.

According to ESPN, Hebert Jr., along with his wife Jojo,  released a statement Saturday that included “our hearts are broken.” The ex-quarterback who played 11 seasons in the NFL also said Hebert Sr. was “the reason I made it.”

Bobby Hebert Jr. is currently a sports radio analyst for WWL in Louisiana. He talked on the air Friday about his father’s illness.

“He’s tough,” Hebert said. “You can be tough and the virus can overwhelm you, but I know he’s a fighter. ... He’s fighting, he’s trying to hang in there. They’re giving him oxygen, he’s breathing and he’s trying to fight through it.”

Hebert signed with the Falcons in 1993 and played the final four seasons of his career. He was selected for the Pro Bowl in 1994.

The quarterback’s son, T-Bob, spoke about his grandfather on Twitter Saturday.