Tom Brady “Doesn’t Believe In Ice”

March 25th, 2021

A Buccaneer has delivered a rare look at the behind-the-scenes world of Tom Brady.

There’s a quarterback at One Buc Palace that nobody talks about. His name is Thad Lewis, and he spent seven seasons on NFL rosters before getting into coaching in 2018. Bucco Bruce Arians scooped up Lewis to be a full-time intern last season before promoting him to assistant wide receivers coach last month.

Lewis spent loads of time in the Bucs quarterback room, and the former Duke University standout talked about it on the Inside Duke Sports podcast.

Of course, Joe was listening, as Joe spends 24 hours a day studying the Bucs from every angle known to the man. (It’s known as living the dream.)

Lewis, like every person associated with One Buc Palace, was asked about what’s made Brady so successful. Lewis named two keys, and they had nothing to do with playing on the field.

“Sacrifice is one,” Lewis said. “And what he puts into his body nutrition-wise and the way he takes care of his body is two.

“Obviously every quarterback puts some time in and they watch the film and this and that. He doesn’t eat sweets; all he drinks is water. He gets rubbed down every day. He doesn’t believe in ice; the muscles should be loose and relaxed, never should be tight and dense. So all those quarterbacks that are trying to use bands; he don’t really use weights, he gets into the pool and things of that nature.

“And you see how he handles his business and you watch him, and it’s just like, “Ok.’ Because he gets on our coaches like, ‘Clyde [Christensen], you shouldn’t be eating all those sweets’. He’s very meticulous of what he eats and what he puts into his body and everything he puts out in his training regimen. Even when he’s warming up, he tells me, ‘Hey Thad, I’m gonna fire my feet right here, give me a clap call so I can react.’ That’s just little things I’ve seen. Like, ‘Hey, I might be moving in the pocket, having my feet firing, but I see somebody and I have to react really quick.’ But that’s just how he is, and that’s with everything. And when it comes to like the sacrifice, the ultimate sacrifice, he does not drink during the season.”

Joe can’t get enough of the insider views of Brady.

The no-ice thing is intriguing. The Bucs invested in cryotherapy chambers, and stories of guys in ice tubs are commonplace. But Brady wags a finger at such behavior. And of course, Brady maximizing every movement in warm-up and getting on coaches for their diets are classics.

34 Responses to “Tom Brady “Doesn’t Believe In Ice””

  1. Chris Thomas from Heaven Says:

    Brady is either an alien or in the illuminati but definitely one of the two

  2. Robert Says:

    No Ice?????? That’s like taco-eating, beer-guzzling, jw hugger, DE lover, I get it all wrong joe, not having ice while sipping his sex on the beach. cray, cray

  3. Cainishere Says:

    What can you say? He’s Brady!

  4. Winny Testaverde Says:

    In fairness…Clyde The Wide has gone from a medium to XL between his Buc tenures. Funny, insightful stuff. JBF at the top of their games like our beloved Bucs.

  5. Durango 95 Says:

    He may not drink during the season but he loves to pound the liquor during a Super Bowl victory parade.


  6. JimmyJack Says:

    I am very grateful Toms diet does not include what I consume on Sundays while watching my Bucs.

    If that were the case Tom would have retires some years ago.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Boy roles with satan of course he’s gonna win, never bet against tom.

  8. Bird Says:

    So he gets rubbed down by gisele every day?
    Yup. He is stoked

  9. Beeej Says:

    It’s hard to argue with success

  10. gbobucsfan Says:

    where can i find some of that avocado tequila ?? haha

  11. AtlBuc Says:

    Cold Water Effects your Digestion
    One of the main reasons to avoid drinking chilled water is because it has a serious implication on your digestion. Chilled water as well as some cold beverages contract the blood vessels and also restrict digestion.
    Effects Fat Breakdown
    Drinking chilled water immediately after a meal also interferes with your body’s ability to breakdown fats. The cold temperature of water solidifies fats from the foods and as a result it becomes difficult for your body to breakdown the unwanted fats from your body. Even if you drink normal water, ensure that you wait for 30 minutes after a meal before drinking water to get the maximum benefits.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Don’t need ice if it’s running through your veins !

  13. Durango 95 Says:

    So a few of bottles of Guinness Stout and a full rack of baby back ribs would be frowned upon, I guess?

  14. Chris Thomas from Heaven Says:

    I don’t believe in child support or auto insurance

  15. Hodad Says:

    Don’t know how much he drank after the S.B., but my guess is the way he takes care of his body he got wasted on a shot glass of Bud Lite!

  16. Evolvingbucsfan Says:

    After reading the title thought it was goin to be a dig at Matty Ice , lol.

  17. Sesteprenelicus Says:

    Talk about anecdotal evidence instead of science.

    If Tom Brady likes to pick his nose two pinkies at a time, does that mean everybody should do that so they can perform at a high level in their forties?

  18. Long time Brady fan says Says:

    What is the byproduct of the TB12 method
    Improved electron flow. Hydration, electrolytes, and muscle plyability all result in Improved electron flow. It is a key to life if you understand what I call Nature’s Life Sustaining Formula. Unimpeded electron flow drives cell communication = normal cell behavior = health. Blocked electron flow results in cell miscommunication = cell malfunction = disease. When your life to stuck from a very specific diseases so is your electron flow in very specific locations in your body. It is an open secret the human body is bioelectromagnetic. The spark of life is free and unblocking it is inexpensive. Being difficult to monetize this the most fundamental science gets ignored. You see very little disease in nature because it has a constant unimpeded flow of electrons.

  19. Alex Says:

    Hey Joe,

    Here is an article from a reputable physical therapist on how the use of ice was debunked in 2013. Very interesting stuff!

  20. Brandon Says:


    Thank you. Internet scientists chiming in here with theories that have no scientific evidence of being fact. Cold water is cold for mere seconds after it enters the body. Ice has been proven to drastically prevent and reduce inflammation. Brady could be vegan for all I care but it isn’t proof that a vegan diet is actually proven to be good for most people.

  21. Sesteprenelicus Says:

    Right on Brandon!

  22. 123urout Says:

    Next time, I’ll order hot beer. Maybe that’lll work for my strength and conditioning before I watch the bucs game on sunday

  23. PSL Bob Says:

    Sounds like the equivalent of the endurance athlete and personal trainer, George Hood. Extremely disciplined! At 63 he’s going for the world record for number of pushups in an hour (current record is 2,919). The dude’s been training 7 hrs/day for the last year, taking only 4 days off. He does 5,000 pushups, 2,000 situps,, 2,000 leg lifts, and 2 hrs of planking along with cardio exercises every day. And if you think his goal is unrealistic, in Feb last year he set the Guiness World Record for longest plank – 8 hr, 15 min, 15 sec. It took him 10 days to recover.

    Brady has that kind of discipline in preparing for football. If he doesn’t get injured, the dude could probably play until he’s 50!

  24. Jason Says:

    Tom has a specific diet tailored to his alien/human hybrid dna. It is not meant for the likes of us.

  25. Rod Munch Says:

    I think he just hates ice. I know I hate ice, I have no idea how anyone can stand it. Give me all the heat you can, but ice, no way.

  26. Anonymous Says:

    It’s not for mere humans to understand the ways of TB12


    Holy crap, I am the opposite of Tom Brady. I drink whenever I can and the beer has to be frosty, about to grill up a few bacon, jalapeno cheeseburgers. Now I feel guilty may have to toss my salad. He’s nuts, where’s the fun?

  28. CleanHouse Says:

    That’s why he won’t meet Ira- he heard about his diet.

  29. Howard Cosell Says:

    Howard has said before he thinks Brady is half Anunnaki like Alexander the Great, Heracles and King Minos

  30. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Speaking of Brady having fun, the Boat parade looked very fun lol Brady is a walking billboard for what he believes. Different ways work for different people concerning different occupations and lifestyles. Of course, everyone needs to drink water and not gorge on fat and sugar lol. But I would say that the results speak the loudest, and Brady life is speaking louder than most athletes that have ever played football and other sports. Criticize his methods or celebrate them, I am just glad he decided to play for the Bucs. GO BUCS!!!!

  31. David Says:

    Can’t argue with his success. I don’t get to the no ice thing either since it’s a scientific fact that it helps after exertion by reducing any kind of swelling does letting recovery take place quicker.
    But… he’s obviously winning the battle against father time right now and no one else is, so who are we to argue

  32. REDZONE BA Says:

    @David – I have always thought of TB12 methodologies as voodoo, meaning that there was never any real science to back up claims. And figured that Brady had great genes complimented by amazing personal hygiene, aka – great sleep habits and no alcohol – that led to his amazing personal success.

    New science suggests that ICE following injury, is not required, and potentially harmful. TB might be right here. Need additional science data.

    Who knows what is real science outcomes today? Brady success at age of 42, leading a new team to SB trophy? Done!!! Brady will win 8th SB in 2021? GTFO – Crazy to not expect…..

    All science I believed – is out the window now. And wondering how Avocado Margarita might taste…ugh…I am experimenting with Jalapeño Margaritas.. And welcome recipes.

    LFG Bucs!

  33. unbelievable Says:

    Not sure getting a massage every day counts as a ‘sacrifice’ lol.

    In fact, I’d venture most of us would happily do the same if we could afford to.

    But that’s a cool story and insight. The ice thing is definitely interesting as well. Things that make you go hmmm…

  34. Steve Gaudreau Says:

    Whatever works best for the man! And to be playing at the level TB12 plays at with his age……. Ummm DAMMMNNN!! can’t dispute it.