Senator Richard Blumenthal sustained a leg injury during a UConn basketball parade and is scheduled to undergo surgery

During a parade celebrating the UConn Huskies’ NCAA men’s basketball championship, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal’s leg was broken after someone else fell into it, causing his femur to snap. Blumenthal, who is 77 years old, is scheduled to undergo surgery on Sunday. However, he managed to finish the parade despite the injury, according to his colleague, Senator Chris Murphy.

“What can I say, I love a parade! Thanks to Chris & everyone for the well wishes,” Blumenthal tweeted Saturday. “Routine surgery tomorrow just to make sure everything heals properly. I expect a full recovery!”

Around 45,000 individuals attended the parade held in Hartford to celebrate the UConn Huskies, who claimed their fifth NCAA men’s basketball national championship title on April 3 with a 76-59 victory over San Diego State.

Blumenthal was joined by Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and the title winners, including coach Dan Hurley and Final Four Most Outstanding Player Adama Sanogo.

The senator’s son, Connecticut state senator Matt Blumenthal, said he heard his father “was also on the reviewing stand for a while. Tough as nails, and on the mend shortly!”

The elder Blumenthal got his start in politics in the late 1970s, working as U.S. attorney for Connecticut. He served one term in the state house and one in the state senate before working as Connecticut attorney general for 20 years. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2011 and was re-elected to a third term last year.