Tag:Tom Martinez
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:17 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 1:09 pm

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

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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Posted on: June 13, 2011 8:49 am
Edited on: June 13, 2011 9:10 am

Brady is saddened by mentor's condition

MartinezPosted by Josh Katzowitz

On Sunday, we brought you the sad news that Tom Martinez – the longtime mentor for Patriots QB Tom Brady – had announced he had less than a month to live.

Quite obviously, the news hit Brady pretty hard.

As SI.com’s Peter King points out in his Monday Morning Quarterback, Martinez’s biggest impact in Brady’s career was his role in developing and maintaining Brady’s throwing mechanics.

"There is no one who knows more about throwing the football than Tom,” Brady said. “And no one has meant more to me when it comes to throwing the football than Tom.

"We've been trying to get together this offseason for a session, and finally we met last Sunday at an indoor facility in San Carlos. We spent two hours there. He analyzed what I was doing, just like always. And when I got in the car with my dad afterward, I said to him, 'It's unbelievable how much he knows – how much he helps me.'"

Brady told King that he keeps a folder in his Blackberry that holds Martinez’s most important mechanical tips.

"That is a collection of 16 years of what I've learned from Tom. It's my guide to stay right with my mechanics,” Brady said. “Every time you step on the field, whether there's weather, whether you're on the road, where you've got a big pass-rush coming, it always comes down to mechanics. He instilled in me the importance of doing things the right way, every time.''

For Brady and for the rest of the football world who has been influenced by Martinez, a long-time coach at the College of San Mateo, it’s been a tough, tough time since Martinez made his announcement on Facebook.

"It's sad,'' said former Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi, who worked with Martinez before the NFL Draft. “But what he would want is for me to not only learn from him myself but pass it on to others. I will. This is a man who didn't even know me, and he took me in like a son and taught me everything he knew for a short time - and had a big impact on me. I am so grateful just to have had the chance to be with him. I won't forget it.''

Photo courtesy of smccd.net.

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Posted on: June 12, 2011 2:08 pm

Tom Martinez, Brady's mentor, has weeks to live

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Tom Martinez, the QB coach guru who’s mentored Tom Brady during every offseason and who was a hugely successful California community college coach, announced on Facebook (via the San Jose Mercury News) that doctors have told him he has less than a month to live.

“My (medical test) numbers say I’m basically gone,” Martinez told the newspaper. “My blood pressure is too low for me to continue with dialysis, and without dialysis, poisons build up in my body. Doctors say without dialysis I have a week to go. We're looking into transplants. I would need both heart and kidney transplants done simultaneously.”

BradyMartinez has suffered from the complications of diabetes for many years, but he still kept active – last week he actually was tutoring Brady.

"Other than maybe (Brady’s) parents, people don't know what I do," Martinez said to ESPN.com’s Tim Graham last July. “But he knows."

Martinez had been working with Brady since 1992, when Brady’s father sought out Martinez’s advice for his 15-year-old son.

"What I feel good about is when guys trust me enough to do it, and it actually works," Martinez said. "There's a special relationship that's kind of unsaid between them and me.

"Guys don't say a lot to each other. It's just a masculine thing. On the other hand, you know what you did for them, and they know what you did for them. There's a respect."

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