Aaron Rodgers is taking diet tips from his good friend Tom Brady

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Athelete Aaron Rodgers attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

It sounds like Aaron Rodgers is looking for the kind of career longevity enjoyed by his friend and fellow NFL quarterback Tom Brady.

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Aaron Rodgers at the Academy Awards in 2016. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

In an interview with People, Rodgers talked about how “clean living” was a factor in his 13-year career as a star Green Bay Packers quarterback. The interview took place in advance of Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards when the former Cal Golden Bears star competes against the San Mateo-born Brady as the best NFL player of 2017.

Rodgers, 33, opened the interview by dishing — just a tiny bit — about how he’s worked to overcome “regrets.” He may be referring to his breakup this spring from his high-profile, three-year relationship with actress Olivia Munn, or his longtime estrangement from his Chico-based family, including his younger brother Jordan Rodgers, last year’s winner of “The Bachelorette.”

“You figure it out as you go, you make mistakes, but being open to those older voices in your life, and those mentors, can help you avoid some of the mistakes that we all [likely] made at a young age,” he said.

Tom Brady raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in overtime at the NFL Super Bowl 51 in February. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

That’s about as specific as Rodgers would get on that score. He was more specific when he talked about the importance of mentorship and friendship in the sport. That’s where Brady comes in.

The New England Patriots quarterback has become the subject of lengthy profiles in recent years and not just because of his on-field accomplishments: as a four-time Super Bowl MVP who has won five Super Bowls as quarterback. Brady is also said to be playing better than ever, even though he’s 39 years old in a rough sport that is notoriously hard on players’ bodies and brains.

As he enters his 19th season, Brady’s fierce attention to his own version of clean living has come under scrutiny.

Brady is known to follow an extremely meticulous diet, fitness and overall life-style regimen that covers everything: what he eats, how he works out or spends his vacation days and even how he sleeps, according to a 2014 profile Sports Illustrated. He is known to follow a strict, mostly vegan diet in which he shuns sugar, alcohol most of the time and — in the most extreme terms — eliminates nightshade veggies like potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant that are said to cause inflammation.

Tom Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen at the Met Gala in 2013.

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

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