In an interview with WEEI-FM in Boston Monday morning, Patriots quarterback defended Alex Guerrero, his controversial personal trainer.
On Friday, Boston Magazine published a story about Guerrero, calling him a “modern-day snake oil” salesman. In 2004 and 2012, the FTC looked into products that Guerrero had promoted, including a drink he claimed prevented concussions, and found that they were shams.
Guerrero helped Brady in recovering from a knee injury, and is his business partner and personal counselor.
Brady was asked about the magazine story on The Dennis & Callahan Morning Show.
I didn’t read the whole story, I didn’t read the whole transcript. I know what I've spoken [about] with Alex over the years. I have tremendous belief in Alex and what he’s accomplished with me in the 10 or 11 years we’ve been working together he has never been wrong. I had doctors with the highest and best education in our country tell us, tell me, that I wouldn’t be able to play football again, that I would be multiple surgeries on my knee for my staph infection. That I would need a new ACL, a new MCL. That I wouldn't be able to play with my kids when I’m older. Of course, I go back the next year and we win Comeback Player of the Year. I have all of next season and we win the MVP of the year. It’s interesting because I’ve chosen a different approach, and had approach works for me. And that’s what I want to try to provide athletes who maybe want to take a different approach too ... I definitely think there’s things he wishes he would have done differently. I think that’s part of growing and understanding that there are certain things that happen that you wish you didn’t do certain things.
Brady was then asked if Guerrero ever told him he was a doctor.
“I think there’s a lot of people that referred to him as a doctor over the years,” he said. “Willie McGinest used to call him ‘Doc’”
Brady and the Patriots (4–0) visit the Colts (3–2) on Oct. 18.
- Kenny Ducey