In order to stay healthy, Carson Wentz had to make some lifestyle changes. So he’s using Tom Brady as an example on his journey to staying healthy.
Availability is vital in the NFL, especially for the quarterback position. There are some great quarterbacks in the league nowadays. And there are some good, but not precisely great quarterbacks as well. What makes those passers who are good, not great exactly? Well, there are a handful of factors that play into the situation. While most factor in actual physical abilities to decide, many tend to leave out perhaps one of the essential elements of being great — That’s being available.
Unfortunately, NFL players can’t do anything to avoid an injury entirely. Setbacks are going to happen, and most of the time, they are completely unpredictable. However, just because injuries are random, doesn’t mean players can’t do more to at least try and avoid them. With the information that players have access to nowadays regarding health, guys are finding new ways to decrease their chances of getting injured out on the football field now.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a great example. The 41-year-old quarterback might be on the last leg of his career, but at this point, the critically acclaimed ‘GOAT’ is still showing zero signs of slowing down. Brady has had a healthy career for the most part, but he’s also had his opportunity to fight through a major knee injury as well – similar to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Carson Wentz. Many believe that Wentz’s injury concerns won’t go away, but the four-year passer is doing all that he can to shake his injury-prone label in 2019.
Taking a page out of Brady’s book
During last year’s offseason, Carson Wentz was on his own schedule. Since he was still recovering from his torn ACL, Wentz spent most of his time rehabbing his knee. Just because Wentz was rehabbing though, didn’t mean he wasn’t working hard on his game. We’ve seen the videos of Wentz lifting in the weight room. He was also caught on camera launching a ball across the room while sitting on the ground, which was quite impressive.
At the time, Wentz was giving off the impression that because he was working hard in the gym, he was going to be much better in 2018, than he was in 2017. Unfortunately, his overworked back wouldn’t allow that to be the case. Once again, Wentz was down for the count with three games left on the season no thanks to a stress fracture in his back.
That further proved to the young quarterback that it doesn’t matter how hard you work on your game, it’s all going to start with the diet. Wentz did some studying and looked to a five-time Super Bowl Champion’s off-field lifestyle to take away some tips. And once he realized Brady’s methods went above and beyond just playing football and watching film, Wentz decided that a new diet was key to staying healthy.
It all starts with the diet
"“A guy like Tom and just you see other athletes have their method and they find what works for them and nutrition and diet and sleep, all those things are a big part of it,” Wentz said. “For me that’s something I’ve really been looking at this offseason, too. You’ll see benefits and hopefully add years to your career.”"
According to NJ Advanced Media’s Zack Rosenblatt, Carson Wentz hasn’t looked as happy as he was at the start of OTAs on Tuesday since the 2017 NFL Season. With all that Wentz was going through over the past year regarding injuries and pressure from the fan base and national media, Wentz seemed mentally stressed. On Tuesday, however, Wentz seemed relieved to be back out on the field as early as OTAs this year. With a full offseason and a new diet, Wentz is going all in for the 2019 season to prove to the doubters that he can stay healthy for 16 games and beyond.