Brees breaks down how to manage the physical toll of the NFL

Brees breaks down how to manage the physical toll of the NFL
Updated: Aug. 13, 2018 at 3:30 PM CDT
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(WVUE) - Drew Brees is entering his 18th year in the NFL. Which, would usually mean a players career is on the tail end, but for Brees that is not the case. He works out year around, and still has a lot of tread left on those tires.

"I think early on you feel like you're pretty invincible you're young, you can wake up every day and go Mach 3 with your hair on fire and you don't really think twice. I think as you get older, as you have more experience and you begin to become a bit more intentional with the things that you do. You begin to ask why and why do I do the things I do. Is this helping me become a better player, a better quarterback, or is this counterproductive? Do I need to eliminate this or to modify it? You just you just begin to train smarter, recover smarter. I would say over the last 15 years especially with the amount of information that we have about what diet does for you, what sleep habits do, different ways to help the body recover, the mind recover, we just know so much more now than we did then," said Drew Brees.

Brees hasn't missed a beat this training camp, sharp as ever. He didn't play a down last week in Jacksonville, but he's a veteran, doesn't need that many reps. The younger guys, well, they need to be out there for the preseason games.

"I think it is hard. I think everybody is different. I've only known very few guys that can do that. Very few. For the most part, guys need to see it, they need to do it, they need to feel it, they need to rep it, and then it becomes ingrained. The more veteran you are, the more you have to manage the amount of reps that you get during the week, with training camp especially, but even during the week during the season. You have to manage that, because at the end of the day you want guys to be as healthy and as full speed as possible on Sunday, but they also have to know what to do. What helps that guy know what to do the best? Is he able to just get a few reps during the week and then get to Sunday and know what to do because he watched a ton of film and he is a smart, cerebral guy and he has experience? Or, I would say for most young players, you need the reps. You need the time on task," said Brees.

You might only get a few chances to see Brees in the preseason. Possibly in game No. 2, definitely in game No. 3, No. 4, no chance.

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