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May 29, 2014; Metairie, LA, USA; Bobby Hebert a former quarterback in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons is seen during offseason team activities at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The father of former New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Bobby Hebert Jr. died Saturday of complications from the coronavirus, the family announced. Bobby Hebert Sr. was 81.

Hebert Sr. was a colon cancer survivor who had multiple strokes and had open heart surgery for a birth defect.

Hebert Jr., who works for WWL Radio in New Orleans, discussed his father's battle with the virus on a recent radio appearance, breaking down in tears as he spoke.

"You can be tough and the virus can still overwhelm you," Hebert Jr. said on air, according to ESPN. He called coronavirus "an unseen enemy."

Hebert Jr.'s son T-Bob, a former center and guard on the LSU football team from 2008-11, honored his grandfather via Twitter on Saturday.

"... He is the wisest, kindest, and most tactful person I have ever known," T-Bob Hebert wrote. "He passed this morning and I love him and I will miss him."

Hebert Jr. played seven seasons with the Saints (1985-92) and four more with the Atlanta Falcons (1993-96). He missed the entire 1990 season due to a contract dispute. He started 100 of the 118 games he played, throwing for 21,683 yards and 135 touchdowns with 124 interceptions.

--Field Level Media

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