Conducting his weekly press conference at Gillette Stadium on Friday, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not storm out or hang up on the assembled media when personal trainer Alex Guerrero’s name was brought up.
In fact, the 41-year-old Brady did what he could to shut any Guerrero drama talk down when asked about their current arrangement and if it’s satisfactory for the reigning National Football League’s Most Valuable Player.
“Alex and I — I mean, we work together,” Brady, who took to the podium wearing a ‘PLIABILITY’ t-shirt, began. “I don’t want to bring on any drama this year. I’m just focused on what I want to do and be a great football player for this team, try to be a good example in the locker room and provide great leadership. That’s where my focus is.
“I know we want to oftentimes talk about a lot of other things, but I just really want to stick to football and like I said, try to really focus on being the best I can be for this team.”
Brady touched on those ‘other things’ in the epilogue to his ‘Tom vs. Time’ series on Facebook Watch released earlier this week, and was blunt in assessment of dramatic stories, saying that he doesn’t ‘give a [expletive]’ about those ‘bulls–t’ stories.
And asked about the Guerrero arrangement for a second time, Brady insisted that he’ll manage no matter the situation between he, Guerrero, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and team charter flights to wherever.
“Yeah,” Brady said when asked if the arrangement ‘works’ moving forward. “I mean, I’m always – I’m a pretty mentally tough guy so I deal with a lot of circumstances over a long period of time – 18, 19 years – and I’m excited for the season. I’m really excited for where we’re at, where we’re going, what we got to do. There’s a lot of challenges we’re going to face.
“I want to feel good, I want to be the best quarterback I can be and that’s a lot of big commitment, daily effort.”