The voice of the Patriots was nearly silenced this offseason.

According to an article in the Metrowest Daily News this morning long time radio announcer Gil Santos found himself in a medically induced coma that lasted 5 weeks after being diagnosed with double pneumonia in one lung, single pneumonia in the other, blood poisoning and a pulmonary obstruction shortly after the Super Bowl.

Santos reportedly started feeling poorly during last season and just got worse from there.  He ended up in the hospital following a casual breakfast with his wife at a local diner in Middleboro where he was taken away by ambulance.

“I came out of the men’s room and staggered a little bit so Roberta asked Jack (Spinetto), who runs the diner, to help me out to the car,” Santos told the newspaper. “On the way out, they decided that I should go to the emergency room and I said, ‘OK. Fine.’

“So an ambulance came, they put me in and we’re doing down (Route) 44 to the emergency room at Morton and I don’t remember getting there. The next thing I remember, I was asking Roberta where I was and what happened. That was five weeks later. I’d had the last rites three times.”

After the event he’s spent much of the offseason learning how to use his arms again as well as how to walk again, although he plans on being ready for this season.

Santos is reportedly going to retire after this season, joining former fellow commentator Gino Cappelletti who is also retired.

You can read the complete article here.