Marc Megna is a strength and conditioning guru who currently works at Bommarito Performance System in South Florida, and one of a few people I spoke with over the weekend for this story about the fact that many current and former Patriots are flocking to BPS, especially during the lockout.
One of the guys who has spent a lot of time at Bommarito this offseason is New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has worked out frequently with his two brothers, Chris and Dan, both of whom also play in the NFL.
“Rob’s a little nuts, but in a good way,” Megna said with a laugh. “He’s just strong as hell — just an amazingly well put-together athlete. He’s a big, fun kid who likes to have a good time, but when it comes to his craft, he’s all about it. He works his butt off, and always wants to do more. He’s always looking for more work. The brothers all compete with each other.”
Megna has also had the chance to put in a lot of work with Wes Welker over the last few years, and remains as impressed as ever at the veteran wide receivers’ work ethic and dedication.
“Wes Welker is a great player, but you don’t see how hard he works away from the field,” Megna said. “Wes is a phenomenal worker. Obviously, everyone knows his story, but I tell you, when he does drills, he’s a workhorse. He has all the things you look for in an athlete — the overachievement, the work ethic, all of that. After you watch him work, it’s no surprise he’s been able to do what he’s done.”
A Fall River native, Megna played college football as a defensive lineman at Richmond before becoming a sixth-round pick of the Jets in 1999. He played in New England, Cincinnati and the CFL before turning to the world of strength training. (He’s got a blink-and-you’ll-miss-him cameo in “The Brady 6″ as a defensive lineman trying to get after Brady during a 2000 drill in training camp.)
Through his work at BPS, Megna has had an opportunity to come in contact with a terrific cross-section of NFL talent, including some players who don’t have the best reputation. But when it comes time to get down to work, Megna says it’s those guys who often surprise him the most.
“You think you know a guy because of the perception that the media has of him, but then he comes in here and turns it around,” he said. ”A lot of those guys come in and turn out to be the most polite, well-mannered guys.”