Bobby Hebert's 81-year-old father dies from COVID-19

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
March 28, 2020 - 1:53 pm

One of the latest victims of coronavirus is the father of WWL's Bobby Hebert.

Bobby Sr. died late Friday night.  Mr. Bobby was 81 years old.

On Sports Talk just a few hours earlier, Bobby said of his dad, "You can be tough and the virus can still overwhelm you."

Hebert talked about how his father overcame a heart defect and colon cancer during his life.

"I'm kinda numb and shocked," Bobby said. "You get numb and then sometimes you don't want to accept reality and what you are dealing with."

He urged everyone to follow what the medical community is telling people to try and slow the spread of coronavirus.

"It's just a trying time right now, and we just need to listen to what the doctors are saying and what the professionals are saying," Hebert urged. "It's an unseen enemy."

Bobby told WWL Saturday:

 “My Dad was the reason I made it in the NFL.  He was a champion, a strong, good man.  He was tough as they come.  And he loved football...loved the Saints...and especially loved LSU.  My Dad was a Fighting Tiger at heart.  The only thing he loved more than going to games was being with family, and if he could have both at the same time - even better.  My Mom, Paula, was the love of his life.  And nothing and nobody mattered more than his kids, grandkids and great grandkids.  We miss him already....dearly.”

Bobby Hebert Sr. and Paula Hebert

The Heberts released the following statement:

Our hearts are broken by the passing of my father, Bobby Hebert Sr. He was a beloved husband of 61 years, devoted father of four and grandfather to eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In his later years, he traveled the world with the love of his life, Paula. He was truly one of a kind with a magic twinkle in his eye. He was loved by everyone who knew him. He never knew a stranger and was the life of any party. His Catholic faith was a pillar of his life and he went out of his way to help anyone in need-if even to make them smile. He was a Saints fan but the LSU Tigers were his life-long passion. He’d always say, “I hope the Saints win, but LSU has to win”.

Without my father I never would have been able to accomplish my dreams, I never would have made it to NFL. He was the reason I made it. I owe everything to him. I remember when I played in my first game with the USFL in 1983, he turned to me and said, “We made it”.

We are so thankful for the many wonderful years we had together, although there is never enough time. And we want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of love and support that you have shown my family and I during this difficult time. Specifically, I want to thank the devoted nurses and doctors at Oschner Kenner for giving my father the best care possible and for risking their lives and health every day to help keep us alive and healthy.


Bobby and Jojo Hebert and the entire Hebert family




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