ATHENS - Hutson Mason's preparation for his big senior season included one surprising detour: A trip to California to work with Tom House.
If that name sounds familiar, it's because House is the former major league pitcher who caught Hank Aaron's record-breaking home run in 1974. House was in the Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen. He was played by Bill Paxton in the movie "Million Dollar Arm" last year, and is a pitching coach at Southern California.
But NFL quarterbacks, including Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Andy Dalton, have worked with House on their throwing motions.
Brady was also there working with House, which was neat for Mason because he had spent the offseason studying film of Brady's footwork.
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"Just to see Brady out there working by himself was amazing," Mason said. "You're talking about one of the best quarterbacks of all-time, up close and personal, he's out there with (Julian) Edelman. It was kind of cool, because you see the same things I was struggling with were kind of the same things he was struggling with. He'd throw a ball and be like: 'Man, this just doesn't feel right.'"
Mason talks about what he saw with Brady and how he's looking to improve his pocket presence in the video posted above.