Tedy Bruschi takes up for Brady


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The stuff about Wes Welker, the Paparazzi, fatherhood and his offseason workout plan will get the most mileage, but I thought one under-the-radar piece of Tom Brady’s talk with the WEEI folks this morning was how he addressed the distance between here and his home in California, and having to go back-and-forth.

He said … “I’ve tried to do it. You can really work out well in both places, it’s hard to do that every week. You’d wear yourself down in the offseason, which is obviously not what you’re trying to do.”

A big part of the offseason for football players is recharging for another year. They all do it differently. But it seems like shuttling between Boston and L.A. constantly, like Brady said, wouldn’t be the way to do it, no matter who you are.

That ties in to a video over at ESPN.com, showing NFL analyst/ex-Patriot LB Tedy Bruschi taking up for his old teammate, when the question of whether Brady’s offseason is cause for concern is raised.

“I say no,” Bruschi responded. “If there’s one player on this team whose work ethic can never be questioned, it’s Tom Brady. He will get his work done in California, he will get his work done in Massachusetts. No matter where he is, Tom Brady will work. When Tom Brady was a younger player, he was there all the time. But like Tom Brady said, life changes. Life changes and he has two young children he has to spend time with. One lives in California.

“This is what Tom needs to do to get his mind right to come back and be mentally prepared during minicamps, training camp and the regular season. And if this is what he needs to do, I say let him do it. He’ll get his work, and he’ll be ready to play in 2010.”

See the part about “getting his mind right” and being “mentally prepared”? Maybe I’m off here, but I do think that part of that is taking care of all the off-field things he can’t during the season, clearing his mind, and even getting a little bit of a break after going from injury to rehab to the 2009 season without getting much of a blow.

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