At 6 feet 8 inches tall and 380 pounds, New England Patriots’ offensive tackle Trent Brown has had the honor of being the NFL’s greatest player in recent seasons. But thanks to an offseason that prioritized weight loss, improved mobility, and resolving issues that had contributed to the calf injuries he suffered in recent seasons, the linesman has likely lost that distinction and hopes to make it. virtually impossible to turn the corner against him.
After battling a calf injury early last season, Brown set the best blocking numbers of his career. So he went into the offseason working on rebuilding his mechanics and at the same time made the decision to become a pescatarian. Due to these changes, Brown says he is entering this season in the best shape of his career.
GQ sat down with Brown to discuss the off-season that led to him crushing his contractual and personal weight goals, drinking too much water, Bill Belichick’s workouts, and why becoming a pescatarian wasn’t as hard as you might imagine for l former bearer of the NFL’s heaviest title.
GQ: How was the low season?
Trento Brown: I’m ready to go. I have crushed all of my contractually binding weight goals and am working on getting down again. As much as I feel physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, I am ready for the season. I’m ready to go all the way, be on the pitch for 17 games and hopefully 20.
What’s your usual off-season schedule like?
What I have learned about myself is that I am not a guy who can take time off, I have to follow a schedule or regimen regarding getting up and doing something every day. So, for the first two or three weeks, it’s probably going to be all cardio and footwork, so I’m going to start adding running mechanics so I can rebuild from a fundamental point of view. I did the first part of my off-season training in Atlanta with Lily Abdelmak, who is my sprint coach. We worked on a lot of racing mechanics. He also has Vince Vance there: he’s an O-line coach. For the second half of the off season, I came here to Dallas with OL Masterminds’ Duke Manyweather. I am also with my PT, Adam Malek, and have done three days: leg and o-line exercises. I finish with Adam and we do a lot of mobility, stretching and cardio three days a week.
How do you feel the goals you’ve made to address the calf issues you’ve been suffering from over the past few seasons will benefit you?
The calf felt great and the work I did was also about repairing a lot of scar tissue, strengthening the calluses that had been created and smoothing everything out. I’m as mobile as I’ve been since I was a kid, probably. I feel really good and this is definitely a testament to my diet and regimen I followed during the off season.
How do you think your body reacted to some of the things you did this offseason?
I think losing 20 pounds definitely goes a long way in regards to mobility and the way my body moves. I’ve always been an explosive guy, but now I feel a lot faster and lighter on my feet. My cardiovascular health is definitely better just by not carrying the extra 20 pounds around. By the end of the field I hope to be at around 355. That would be great – it will give me some leeway between my weight goal and their weight goal for me, so I won’t have to be hard on myself all season. I can live a normal life and afford a mess here and there and have fun, especially when the family visits.