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Willie McGinest on Not Sunday podcast details how Alex Guerrero helped his career

October 02, 2018 - 12:15 pm

Everyone associates Alex Guerrero with Tom Brady, but Guerrero worked with a number of other players before Brady, including Willie McGinest.

“I know a lot of people talk about that, but Alex was there to help the entire team get better," McGinest said on the Not Sunday podcast with Ryan Hannable. "For the guys who didn’t take advantage of it, we would raise an eyebrow. Tommy saw how significant Alex was and the preventative things he works on you with and the longevity he provides with his work and how he can read the body and understand everything that goes into each different position. All positions are different — linebackers, quarterbacks. It is all different how we train and how we prepare. To have a guy that valuable in your back pocket to be with you for so long, I would say it is a special relationship.”

Even though McGinest plays a much different position than Brady, Guerrero alters his training for each player.

“For me, I hit on every single play since I was in the trenches," he said. "Obviously, it’s a little different for Brady, to say the least. As far as me, just my metabolism, as far as my eating. Drinking more water, certain stretches, certain things I can do differently. Lifting weights a certain way — not extracting them, but just lifting weights compared to my body type. Understanding my running motion and all the different things that go on and nuances, the little things that go on with a player that Alex could diagnose. He could look and say, ‘Try doing this, or I watched you doing this, or I watched tape of you doing this — you’re putting pressure on here. This quad or hamstring is bothering you because something else isn’t firing We have to figure it out.’ Just assessing the body from head to toe on a daily basis and working on you doing things to put you in a position to avoid injury. And when you do get injured, he would get you back as fast as possible.”

McGinest's "A Football Life" will premier Friday on NFL Network.

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