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Tom Martinez, Tom Brady's mentor, dies at 66

Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:17 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 1:09 pm
 
Tom Brady with Tom Martinez (MatchingDonors.com)
By Ryan Wilson

Tom Martinez, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's longtime mentor, has died after suffering a heart attack during a dialysis session, Boston's WCVB reported Tuesday evening.

Martinez had been in need of a kidney transplant for some time due to complications from diabetes. Last summer. he was given just months to live, but in January 2012, he told ABC News, "I've been told I'm out of here, and I don't accept that. I'm going to fight to the end."

Brady, a first-ballot Hall of Famer when his career is over, has spoken often about Martinez' impact on his game.

"I've been so fortunate to be kind of his student that would take all this information and hopefully pass it on to the next generation of young quarterbacks that want to learn the proper ways to throw the football," Brady told CBS in November.  "Without Tom Martinez, Tom Brady would not have been the quarterback of the New England Patriots," he said. 

Brady worked with Martinez before the start of the 2011 season. The two watched film and Martinez tweaked Brady's mechanics during on-field throwing sessions, something he's been doing since Brady's prep days.

”He asked me to come out, right before the season started. Labor Day weekend,” Martinez told the Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport back in September. ”He said he was off. His throwing was off. So I went out there Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. We went through the film. Then all of a sudden, everything else fell into place. Within about an hour, he was back to the old Tom Brady. Then he had that 517 yard game [against the Dolphins in Week 1]. I guess what we did worked.”

Brady had used his celebrity (through Facebook and by teaming up with Matching Donors) to help raise awareness about Martinez' condition in the hopes that a donor would be found.

“What he is giving me is an opportunity to live longer, so I can’t thank him enough, "Martinez said weeks before Brady played in Super Bowl XLVI. "Yet we have the kind of relationship where we don’t have to thank each other,” Martinez said. “It is understood that there is nothing that I wouldn’t do for him and there is nothing he probably wouldn’t do for me.”

Brady released a statement on his Facebook page Wednesday (via WEEI.com).

”I am deeply saddened by the passing of my coach, mentor and friend. Coach Martinez’s invaluable assistance and support will never be forgotten and will always have a lasting impact on my life. The time we spent together remain some of my fondest memories. His legacy of commitment, toughness and determination will live on forever.”

Martinez was 66.

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Comments

Since: Apr 22, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:13 pm
 

Tom Martinez, Tom Brady's mentor, dies at 66

BRADY Went to Serra with me and 700 other guys. He did not go to Matredelarosa. They were better than us in football. Brady is lucky to have met this guy, he was a better catcher in baseball than a qb in football in high school.



Since: Apr 22, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:12 pm
 

Tom Martinez, Tom Brady's mentor, dies at 66

BRADY Went to Serra with me and 700 other guys. He did not go to Matredelarosa. They were better than us in football. Brady is lucky to have met this guy, he was a better catcher in baseball than a qb in football in high school.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:26 am
 

Tom Martinez, Tom Brady's mentor, dies at 66

Matre D?  Not sure what that is refering to.  Tom Brady went to Serra High School in San Mateo where he first met Tom Martinez. I missed the special on ESPN.  I hope they show it again.  It's a great story to have someone identify potential greatness and believe in a young man of character.  There are mentors and coaches out their today working the courts, diamonds, and fields, encouraging young kids to be the best that they can be.  I imagine Tom Martinez had a positive affect on many young people, I'm glad that he was recognized in the national media for his work. 



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:03 am
 

Tom Martinez, Tom Brady's mentor, dies at 66

Too bad. ESPN did a special on the two of them I thought was well done. Pretty sure he was his QB coach at Matre D. RIP. Produced a hell of a Wolverine!



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:02 am
 

Tom Martinez, Tom Brady's mentor, dies at 66

Too bad. ESPN did a special on the two of them I thought was well done. Pretty sure he was his QB coach at Matre D. RIP. Produced a hell of a Wolverine!



Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:49 am
 

Tom Martinez, Tom Brady's mentor, dies at 66

Giselle did it. 


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Since: Feb 22, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:18 am
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Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:08 am
 

Tom Martinez, Tom Brady's mentor, dies at 66

Can any of you posters remember one of your first coaches? The coach that taught you more than any other coach? The coach that meant the most to you more than any other?  The coach that taught you more than sports? The one that taught you a little about life? You can make fun of my post if you want. I dont care.  I remember that certain coach I had growing up.  Made me the kind of person I am today. Sorry for your loss Tom. I can relate to what your going through!



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:26 am
 

Tom Martinez, Tom Brady's mentor, dies at 66

"Am I the only one who didn't know Tom Brady had been elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot? I thought you had to be retired before that honor was bestowed upon you."

Cajacobs66,

You may not be the only person that knows that a player has to be retired before being elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot, but you might just be the only person that doesn't know reading comprehension.  You see that part in the sentence where the author says, "when he retires"?  Yeah, didn't think so.  



Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:08 am
 

Tom Martinez, Tom Brady's mentor, dies at 66

Am I the only one who didn't know Tom Brady had been elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot? I thought you had to be retired before that honor was bestowed upon you.



cjacobs66- you will be elected to the douche-bag HOF on the first ballot- guaranteed...what an idiot.

@hogs44JRV - I second your post - but what would you expect from cjacobs66, he is a KC Royals and Chiefs fan - got those inbred genes working against him.


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