FOXBORO – Here’s a thing about Tom Brady maybe you hadn’t noticed. Guy never shuts up about other people sleeping.
It’s always, “Make sure you get your rest...” and “It’s important for us to get our rest...” From postgame breakdowns to press conferences, the guy never tires talking about not being tired.
Brady has opened a sports performance shop at Patriot Place and, when that place has a grander opening than the soft one it’s had to this point, we’ll get a longer look at what Brady favors in terms of good health. Suffice to say rest will be part of it.
“It’s a physical sport and injuries happen all the time,” Brady said when asked why he’s always pummeling the rest angle. “Sometimes you overdo things and the only time to recover is when you give yourself some time to take a break, whether that’s a Tuesday afternoon or a whether that’s a good night’s sleep. Those are all important this time of year. The games come to you so quickly. It’s really a marathon for us. It starts in late July and it’s just a mental and physical marathon.”
Were it not for the blown ACL in 2008, Brady would have played in 185 straight games dating to 2001. He also has started 24 playoff games. He is phenomenally well-conditioned.
“The thing about football is that if you get hurt, it doesn’t matter; you’re playing next week,” he explained. “You’ve got a game next Sunday. So, over the course of the week you’ve got to figure out ways to do the best so you can be at your best the following week. It’s not like most people where if you get injured, you get injured and you deal with it and you work through it. In our job, yeah you try to work through it, but you can’t postpone the game.
"You have to do everything you can to be ready to go. That’s a big commitment that a lot of guys make. The best players I’ve been around do that the best. They take the same energy and enthusiasm to the rest and rehabilitation part that they do to the preparation part. So guys that I’ve played with like Wes [Welker], for example, that was a real strength and that was why he was able to play. And guys that I’ve played with like Rodney Harrison and Junior Seau, I learned from those guys. So you watch the way that they prepare. You watch the way they treat themselves and then you try to be the best that you can for the team.”
All one has to do is check out Brady’s NFL Combine photo from 2000 to see he hasn’t always been a picture of fitness. When did he realize rest was as vital as it has proven itself to be?
“It’s been an ongoing process,” he explained. “The longer you’re at it, the more you learn and the more you learn what works for you. And I think that’s the important thing. People all probably demand different things and whatever is most comfortable so that they can be prepared to play, that’s probably the best thing to do.”
No game for the Patriots this week. That means there will be a point when he puts the DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door and gets a little bit of rest.