Tom Brady wants to spread the word. Health. Fitness. Sustaining peak performance, as his new book puts it. And if part of the crowd looking for help happens to include fellow NFL quarterbacks, he's OK with that.
On WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show with Mike Mutnansky and Andy Hart, Brady explained that players like Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson have called him for tips that would fall under the "TB12 method" umbrella.
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"Aaron is seeing that in his play. Russell Wilson, he and I have talked," Brady said. "You see those guys playing better. I think that is a great thing. I think that will make for a better game. If you see a lot of players with more mental experience continue to maximize their length of time in their careers, it will make for a better game as well."
Brady added: “They call me. A lot of teammates, obviously. Players from other teams, athletes in other sports. I think when you’re a 40-year-old athlete, I think they look to you like any veteran player. You always want to help the younger players and that isn’t always on the field, it’s off the field as well. I have had a lot of experience on the field. A lot of people ask me about that, but certainly off the field as well with the choices I make and and the decisions I make that allow me to do something I love to do. I think that is what it comes down to. I love to do it and it never feels like work."
Rob Gronkowski has been one of Brady's teammates who has been interested in some of those off-the-field decisions, and Brady said that he feels as though soon enough more players than not will be looking to train and eat the same way.
"I really think what I do is going to be the norm in the not-too-distant future," Brady explained. "I am really trying to give athletes information. You’ll be able to ask questions and prove the things I have been doing. I think that is a big goal of mine -- take all the lessons I have learned from people I have learned from watching over the years and just start there. You can see a lot of improvements in your own life and in the lives of people that you know and your kids lives. For me to hear other quarterbacks make those types of changes, they are looking for the same things I was looking for. A lot of athletes before me, they didn’t have the right information. I really see this as a new way of life for athletes."
"So many injures that I see and so many guys that retire, a lot of it ends up being the same thing. They haven’t had the right information. Some maybe don’t have the discipline, which discipline is to me is a very learned trait, as well. If you have the discipline and work hard at the right things — you really want to see your investment pay off. The investment and time and energy that you are doing the right thing, you want to see that pay off in terms of improved performance."