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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: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:02 am
 

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

 Mr. Martinez, I can only say....RIP...and more tacos for me



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 8:40 am
 

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

I wonder what Giselle thinks about all this



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 8:19 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.



Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 7:16 am
 

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

Tom Martinez, the coach who mentored New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady,  during dialysis. The man known as "The Quarterback Whisperer" was in need of a kidney transplant due to diabetes complications.

Martinez first came into Brady's life when the future MVP was just 13. He signed up for a quarterback clinic and then worked with Martinez for the rest of his career. Brady said he would never be the quarterback he is today without Martinez's help.
 

Brady used his platform in the Super Bowl .

People from around the NFL immediately reacted to Martinez's passing. Brady's teammate, Julian Edelman, , "RIP coach Tom Martinez. He was such a great mentor to many in the bay area. His legacy will always live on." Brady's father, "There are a lot of sad people in San Mateo County tonight."

Martinez's impact . He coached football, women's basketball and softball at the College of San Mateo, where he won a combined 1,100 games. He was 66 years old.




Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:48 am
 

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

RIP, Tom. Thanks for all of your contributions to the football world.



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:36 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.




Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:07 am
 

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

Wish the article had been accompanied by a photo of Martinez rather than Brady. A bit classless.


Did you read the article? The story is as much about Tom Brady as it is about Tom martinez.
Which is why the photo is of the two of them.



Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 1:59 am
 

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

That's Martinez in the photo too clown.  The photo where Brady has his arm around Martinez.  Hence their friendship/bond.  Seems like a pretty respectable picture.  Defines the article with a picture clown.



Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:29 pm
 

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

Too young to take away...but the LORD has called him. Thanks for creating & molding an icon. May you rest in complete peace sir.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:58 pm
 

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

Wish the article had been accompanied by a photo of Martinez rather than Brady. A bit classless.


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