Tom Brady's Heir Apparent Already Follows Tom Brady's Diet

May 07, 2019 - 1:59 pm

(WEEI) The New England Patriots selected Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham in the fourth round of the NFL Draft with the understanding that if things work out, he could be Tom Brady's eventual successor.

Now, it's up to Stidham to soak up as much as he can from the 41-year-old Brady. But Stidham already has a head start.

Chip Lindsey, who was Stidham's offensive coordinator the past two seasons at Auburn and is now the head coach at Troy, recalled in an interview how during the summers he and Stidham would spend one day a week watching film of several NFL quarterbacks, including Brady.

Stidham was able to take some aspects of Brady's game and incorporate them into his own. It went beyond what Brady does on the field: Stidham also is a believer in the TB12 Method.

"I've read his book. I'm always trying to find something, whether it's nutrition or stretching or just little things outside of actually throwing," Stidham told reporters last June. "The biggest thing that I've worked on now that I'm healthy is nutrition, and I've been trying to really get more (flexible) in the hips and really kind of loosen everything up in that area. And I've been really focused on my nutrition and my eating habits because it goes a long way."

Lindsey said Stidham uses Brady's method more for his nutrition than anything else.

"He talked to me about it," Lindsey said. "He talked about it a lot and his diet, trying to lean up a bit, things of that nature, but still be strong. He will be watching Tom very close to try and emulate him, for sure."

Stidham also seems to have the same competitive nature that Brady does, not wanting to lose at anything, even something as simple throwing footballs into trash cans with his fellow quarterbacks.

"He's very, very competitive," Lindsey said. "Doesn't like to lose."

Finally, Lindsey raved about Stidham's work ethic, pointing out all the work the 22-year-old did at Jordan Palmer's QB program in the offseason.

"He took pride in working on his craft outside of the season," he said. "I know he's 100 percent in on trying to improve all he can year round."

The Auburn product, who started his collegiate career at Baylor, didn't post the greatest numbers out of the quarterbacks in his class, but he is still viewed as one of the potential best QBs to come out of the class because of his potential. Stidham can make almost all the throws a NFL quarterback is asked to make and is sneaky athletic. Some have said the system at Auburn didn't allow him to perform as well as he could have and things could be different with the Patriots.

Who knows where Stidham will be in a few years -- after all, he's got a pretty good heart start.

By Ryan Hannable