Tom Brady discussed how much work he puts in during the offseason in an interview Tuesday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)
Tom Brady has certainly bought into Bill Belichick’s “No days off” mantra.
The quarterback joined Mike Florio on PFT Live Tuesday morning and gave the indication he won’t be taking much time off this offseason because as a 39-year-old he needs to work extremely hard to keep his body in shape to able to withstand an entire NFL season.
“At this point in my career the best thing to do is just to do it year-round,” Brady said. “I don’t think the ebbs and flows, get in great shape and then get out of shape and then see if you can get back into shape is a good thing. So I prefer to keep my arm always ready to go.”
Added Brady: “I really love training and being in good shape and it’s so much a part of my life now, so it never really feels like work to me. It’s a real strength for me that I’ve never minded the training process. It’s something I enjoy I really like being in the gym or, certainly, on the field.”
Brady’s training is much different than many other NFL players as he focuses on flexibility and does a lot of work with resistance bands. He hopes his success with his method will become something other players use in the future.
“Hopefully I can be a real ambassador for change in this area,” he said. “I’ve felt like outside of playing football the one thing I love to do is to prepare for it. Probably the way that I do it has been different than the way it has always been done. I think I have been getting results that no one has ever got. I think that has been something that has been really motivating for me because as a 39-year-old player this year every week I want to be out there on the field with my teammates playing at a high level. Durability is such an important aspect of our sport and it’s a game of contact. It is a collision sport. You have to do everything that you can to try and help your body to sustain those impacts.”
Ever since Brady won his fifth Super Bowl, many have put him down as the greatest of all-time, but the quarterback himself isn’t thinking about his legacy.
“None of those things have ever mattered to me and it’s just — it’s hard for those things to even take up any space in my mind because they’ve never been of significance to me,” Brady said. “There have been so many great players that I’ve played with, that I’ve played against over the years.”
“Everyone is different, everyone has different teams they’ve played on, coaches they’ve played for,” he added. “I’ve been so blessed to play for the greatest coach at a time when our organization has done incredible things. I’ve played with the best teammates. Playing for Mr. Kraft and what his influence on the team has been. So I think there are so many players that if they were in my position and had all the opportunity I did, they would, I believe, accomplish so many of the same things.”