Raiders' Trent Brown: Pro Bowl right tackle says he's serious about lifting weights for the first time

Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News on

Published in Football

Raiders right tackle Trent Brown was temporarily the NFL's highest-paid lineman, a mountain of a man who could move mountains.

And he reached that status (Brown is now the fourth-highest paid lineman) without being serious about lifting weights.

That was one of the revelations from Brown during a 45-minute interview posted Monday by Bleacher Report's Adam Lefkoe -- all while Brown was having his hair cut by his personal barber.

"I wasn't really big on lifting weights until this offseason," Brown said. "I'm as strong as I've ever been right now ... last year I dealt with a lot of small, nagging injuries. I ended the season on (injured reserve). I've been trying to focus on strengthening the small muscles. Me and my trainer have been going at it since the end of January."

Other observations from Brown (some edited for language and clarity):

Familiarity -- for the first time


"This is actually going to be the first time in my career being in the same system for a second time. I've had a different head coach every year, a different system, a different offense. It's going to be special. The carryover is going to be crazy."

His love for the game -- Brown concedes he didn't watch a lot of football

"I used to be in that category. I'm not going to lie to you. Over the years, the last couple of years I fell in love with the game even more. I'm eating, sleeping and breathing it. I'd rather watch games than film. I think the commentary makes it that much better and easier to watch."

His favorite offseason


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