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Tom Brady recommended physical therapist to his friend, Sidney Crosby

Jan 31, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby AP

Just how big is the Sidney Crosby concussion/neck story?

It came up at Super Bowl Media Day.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review caught up with Patriots QB Tom Brady on Tuesday and asked him about Alex Guerrero, a Utah-based physical therapist he recommended to Crosby through a mutual friend.

(The Trib also reports Brady and Crosby are buddies, which is equal parts awesome and adorable. It’s like a modern-day ProStars!)

“I trust him,” Brady said of Guerrero, who helped the reigning NFL MVP recover from a knee injury three years ago. “I know I wouldn’t be here today without him.”

Crosby made an unannounced trip to Utah to see Guerrero in between visits to Atlanta to see Dr. Ted Carrick (a chiropractic specialist) and Los Angeles to see Dr. Robert S. Bray (a neurological spine specialist that revealed Crosby had fractured vertebrae in his neck.)

In a 2009 Boston Globe article, Guerrero is described as Brady’s personal trainer who “spent the winter months [of 2008] in Southern California directing the quarterback’s rehab.”

Part of Brady’s trust in Guerrero is probably because, after tearing the ACL and MCL in October, the knee was back at full strength by February.

More, from the Globe:

[Brady] also did plenty of core work. And he continued with an innovative shoulder program that he and Guerrero devised, something that’s off the board enough that Guerrero politely declined to describe it. What he would say was that Brady’s diligence with that work is a big reason the quarterback says he no longer gets the arm soreness he did earlier in his career.

To Guerrero, Brady’s ability to sustain the kind of hit Albert Haynesworth laid on him in the preseason – crumpling the quarterback under 350 pounds – was proof positive that the quarterback’s hard work was paying off. If he’d just worried about rehabbing his knee, the result might’ve been uglier. Because he worked his shoulder and core, it wasn’t.

What Guerrero called “the transformation’’ came in Week 4, when the Ravens visited Foxborough, and Brady completed 66 percent of his passes for 258 yards, a touchdown, and no picks.

“His confidence with his body was back, you could see it,’’ Guerrero said. “He’s totally confident with the program, how the knee feels, how his arm feels, how he’s going to feel after the game.”

That season, Brady was named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.

  1. pastabelly - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    If Crosby ever gets into trouble playing a little grab ass or gets in a motorcycle injury, he can always call Roethlisberger.

    • lanpar - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      WTF – how to you tie stuff together in your mind?….before you type i suggest you learn to tie you shoelaces then move to your mind

      • ravenscaps48 - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        Before YOU type, how about you learn the proper uses of Punctuation, Capitalization, and Grammar in general, you toolbag!

  2. ravenscaps48 - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Eh.. Crybaby Helping Crybaby… They sure do stick together

    • yettyskills - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      I can feel your anger.

      It gives you focus,

      makes you stronger

      • danphipps01 - Jan 31, 2012 at 6:20 PM

        Use your hate, Washington fanbase. Use it so that your team might not choke in the playoffs for the thousandth time.

    • haterzgonahate - Jan 31, 2012 at 6:26 PM

      pulling the grammar police card is lame dude.

      and now i’m going to type using no punctuation or proper spelling whatsoever just because i know it really drives people nnuts on thie site doesnt it thogh i love it when some asshat loses his shit over grammar yet it happens everyday on this site which is why i don’t even know why i bother coming back to this site everyday

  3. johninpa - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Knowing what we know now, that there was a neck injury – possibly two broken cervical vertebrae, it would make perfect sense that physical therapy might help. Crosby’s neck/core strength would certainly be weakened after that type of trauma to the neck, and a rehab program would help that. It also makes you wonder about his “expert” medical team when they can miss an injury like this one that the Los Angeles spine specialist discovered.

  4. jamesmakesurmomneil - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Another great story here on!! Keep up the fine work of giving us all the soupcan sid news. Maybe in your next post can you include a photo of these two superhumans together? Preferably something with their shirts off? Thats what I call spank bank material

    • Mike Halford - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:33 PM, eh?

      /checks for url availability

      /buys it

  5. fthepens - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    does this shit get any better than this. Maybe Giselle can take a picture of those 2 blowing each other for us. 2 pretty boys together…get a couple more and we can have a boy band.

    • yettyskills - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      You sure do have a knack for homosexual imagery. You must have spent many hours imagining such scenarios.

      Not that anything is wrong with that, I have no problem with obvious fanny bandits posting here.

  6. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    well now I have to root for brady is the superbowl because hes trying to save the master of the ice! there’s only 2 guys I would blow in this world and looks like they just became friends. what a small world. city of champions- all praise soup can sid

  7. zazapk9 - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    I’m sensing some jealousy in the room ? lol

  8. fthepens - Jan 31, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    all of the “soup can” comments, and you want to single out mine. HaHaHa, it’s a good thing your typing and not trying to talk with soupcan sid in your mouth.

  9. barroomhero80 - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    one sissy to another

  10. ballsohardu - Feb 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Butt pirates?

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