Tom Brady doesn’t think that players should be forced to over exert themselves in early preseason workouts. His points were heard loud and clear, but the old guard might not approve.
In May, Brady said of the preseason workouts, “We shouldn’t have overly competitive drills in May and June. There’s no f*cking pro baseball player that’s throwing 95 mph in the middle of December.”
Ben Volin reported at the time to confirm Brady’s passionate speech about players grueling workout regiments.
Per source, NFLPA just wrapped up a players-only conference call, and Tom Brady made a long, passionate appearance to advocate for solidarity in skipping workouts and trying to change the offseason program
Tom Brady on why players should get to workout on their own in the offseason: “We shouldn’t have overly competitive drills in May and June. There’s no (bleeping) pro baseball player that’s throwing 95 mph in the middle of December.”
While speaking to The Ringer’s Flying Coach, Troy Aikman had something to say about Tom Brady’s argument. He realizes that Brady is a GOAT QB, but there is also incredible value in those workouts.
“I realized, that’s the greatness of Tom Brady, because I can assure you, he’s not taking those days off and that team is not taking those days off. And so he views it as a total competitive advantage. If teams are practicing less and he’s practicing more, that’s going to give him a leg up on the competition, and I think that was really the whole motivation in his comments.”
“I’m all for getting rested. I’m all for all those things, but at some point you have to pose the question: Do you want to be great or do you not? Do you want to be a great team? Do you want to be a great player? And if you do, that means you have to put in the time.”
There is a value in getting rest, but staying in prime condition also has several benefits. It is also very hard work to keep that level up for so long, and to get there early on might be a grueling task indeed. Tom Brady and Troy Aikman might agree to disagree on this one.
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