April 10, 2020 | 2:59pm | Updated April 10, 2020 | 8:53pm
Tony Boselli’s football-playing son also is recovering from a bout with COVID-19.
Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli, the son of former Jacksonville Jaguars lineman Tony Boselli, revealed Friday that he also tested positive for the coronavirus, which landed his father in intensive care in late March.
Andrew wrote a first-person account on the Seminoles’ athletics website, saying he initially scoffed at the possibility of contracting the virus until he was tested on March 21 – soon after his parents and a brother all tested positive.
The 22-year-old college junior said the next day he “woke up feeling like (he’d) been hit by a bus,” while experiencing shortness of breath and temperatures as high as 103 degrees.
“I, like most, saw the studies that said it was primarily a danger to the elderly and figured it wouldn’t have much impact on me, my family or friends,” Andrew wrote. “I even had plans to spend Spring Break on a cruise to the Bahamas.
“The last few weeks, though, have shown just how wrong I was, and just how seriously we all need to treat this outbreak.”
The younger Boselli had what doctors considered a “mild case” of the deadly virus, but he added, “I promise you, even if you’re young and healthy, you do not want this virus.”
“I’m thankful to say that my family and I have recovered from our fight with the coronavirus, but I also want everyone to know just how hard it was,” he wrote. “I spent days feeling miserable. And my dad, a strong, healthy 47-year-old man with no underlying health conditions, spent three days in the intensive care unit.”
Tony, a five-time Pro Bowl tackle with the Jaguars, said last week that he’d spent five days at the Mayo Clinic after testing positive before being released on April 1.
“It was kind of fuzzy, but I remember [the doctor] saying, ‘If we don’t get your oxygen stabilized, we’re going to have to go to the next level,’” the elder Boselli told ESPN.com. “I remember laying there thinking, ‘What do you mean, if this doesn’t work?’ He says, ‘We don’t know what direction this is going to go.’
“I don’t know if I ever was like I thought I was going to die, but I remember having the conversation with myself: I don’t want to die here.”