If you want to be the best, you may as well try to workout like the best.
And given Peyton Manning‘s recent retirement, there is no disputing New England Patriots QB Tom Brady‘s status as the best quarterback in football.
So it makes sense that Alabama QB Cooper Bateman‘s offseason workout would include some elements of Brady’s recipe for success.
But as AL.com’s Matt Zenitz reports, Bateman did much more than include elements. He worked with Brady’s actual trainer.
Alex Guerrero reportedly put the Crimson Tide QB through a workout that is specifically designed for a quarterback to withstand blows to his midsection during a week at Brady’s training facility in Massachusetts recently.
Guerrero put on MMA gloves and struck Bateman repeatedly in the midsection during an intense workout that included planking and other core exercises.
“Afterwards, Cooper was like, ‘What the hell was that?'” Bateman’s mentor, Scott Cate, said via AL.com. “And I was like, ‘Hey, that’s what Brady does.'”
Bateman reportedly has been working with Cate as well this offseason, as he prepares to try to win the starting quarterback job at Alabama during fall camp.
According to Zenitz, the routine Bateman took on in Massachusetts included a 6 a.m. start to his day to throw with Cate, who is a former Utah quarterback. He then moved on to a three-hour workout with Brady’s team from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It will be interesting to see if this new strategy, which Cate says has already improved Bateman’s confidence and performance, will factor into the upcoming battle for playing time under center in Tuscaloosa.