New England Patriots

By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com

New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan credits Tom Brady and “his guy” for changing his career for the better ever since they began “working” together.

During a recent episode of, “What Got You There With Sean Delaney,” Hogan talked about how practicing what Brady preaches, meaning the ‘TB12 Method,’ has altered his career and training regimen for the better.

Hogan also told Delaney that the five-time Super Bowl champ leads by example in other ways too. And he [Brady] and the New England Patriots organization as a whole have “improved” his mindset for the better since arriving here in New England back in 2016.

The thing is that during the interview he never blatantly references to Brady’s highly-publicized methods, or the TB12 Sports Therapy Center at Patriots Place. But you know what he means when he says “the facility they have up there with Brady and “his guy.””

And we all know who “his guy” is – Alex Guerrero. And it’s also tough to miss the TB12 Center when you’re heading over to Davio’s or Cupcake Charlie’s.

So it’s fair to say that Patriots Nation can thank Brady and Guerrero for helping Hogan become the best and most pliable Hogan he can be.

HOUSTON – Tom Brady and Chris Hogan of the New England Patriots celebrate after a touchdown and two-point conversion in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

“I mean, it’s changed my career,” Hogan said. “It really has. I’ve really bought into what he talks about and pliability and keeping everything fresh, and it really has. I do it every single day, sometimes twice a day. I don’t think I could play without it anymore. It’s amazing.”

When Hogan came into the league he was big into ice baths, but he’s made it a point to stay out of the icy, frigid water for the past three years.

That’s not the only adjustment Hogan has made since switching up his training methods.

The 30-year-old receiver has undergone some blood tests to ‘identify which food he’s most sensitive to,’ so he can properly adjust his diet to avoid foods that will likely cause inflammation. – Just like Brady and his other followers do.

So does mean no more pizza and cheeseburgers?

More than likely, yes. But there’s always avocado ice cream! Woo hoo!

During the conversation Hogan made it a point to mention that the Patriots do “a great job of making everything available.”

But in all reality how true is that?

Because like we’ve seen in ‘Tom vs Time’ and what has been reported since last season, it sounds like Guerrero isn’t readily available over at Gillette Stadium. And if he is, he’s up in some suite giving Brady his annual pre-game rubdown or he’s up the stairs and around corner at the performance center.

Sure the Patriots are big into eating well, training the right way and so on, and they do everything in their power to provide their athletes with everything and anything they could possibly need. Yet some of them are still missing one thing. Well more like someone. But that’s a story for another day.

MIAMI – Tom Brady and Chris Hogan of the New England Patriots celebrate a touchdown during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on January 1, 2017. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Hogan went onto say that “whatever I can do to get that recovery or that extra edge, that’s what I’m doing. During the season, nutrition is so huge. You can’t preach that enough at this level. I can’t go out there and just eat turkey sandwiches and hamburgers all day because that’s not going to make my body perform at the level that it can.”

It all comes back to being at your best and doing your job, which Hogan went onto say is a real thing.

“That whole ‘Do Your Job’ mentality is a real thing,” he said. “Everyone really buys into it. When people come there, they come there to work. No matter if you’re playing football or a scout or whatever it is, everyone really does have that mentality and you pick up on it pretty quickly.”

Hogan was quick to reiterate how Brady’s work ethic and intensity can’t go unnoticed. – ‘He’s the first guy out to practice and last to leave.’

“No matter what it is, he gets fired up,” Hogan said. “It’s fun playing with a guy like that, who just works so hard at what he does and cares so much about his profession.”

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John Hardiman is a Digital Producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for John? Hit him up on Twitter @HardiDude or e-mail him at jhardiman@985thesportshub.com.