San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith has been a master at massage.
He’s performed on at least three occasions, including at a high-profile San Francisco charity event in May.
The first time he performed on his own, on a private jet, Smith was reportedly given an ice bath in which he was supposed to lie down on a towel.
The massage was done by an Australian massage therapist and Smith says he felt “pretty good.”
Smith says the experience taught him to be “more aggressive” in his handling of injuries and to be willing to take “a lot of risks.”
“The one thing that was really important was to get back up and play and make sure I got my body back to where I could be able to take the next step,” Smith said, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report.
Smith has never received a formal massage from the 49ers, but his teammates say they’ve tried to be gentle with him.
“I think he’s always been very respectful of me,” tight end Vance McDonald said, via ESPN.
“He’s a big guy and he’s a great teammate and he doesn’t take himself too seriously.”
Smith is currently in the final year of his rookie contract.
He’ll make a base salary of $2.5 million next season, with an additional $750,000 in signing bonuses.