Tom Brady’s personal quarterbacking guru Tom Martinez gravely ill
|06.12.11 at 3:05 pm ET|
Sad news out of California, where Tom Brady’s longtime quarterback guru Tom Martinez reportedly has been “a week to a month” to live, according to a statement from the Martinez family that was posted on Facebook. (Martinez has struggled with complications brought about by diabetes for a number of years.) The statement, from Martinez’s daughter Linda Martinez Haley, reads as follows:
“We have received some bad news that I wanted to share with all of you. I have been given a week to a month to live, depending on my body’s response to medication. I want to thank you for the relationship that we shared and the friendships that allowed me to have a very successful career. As much as I would like to talk to you each in person, that is not feasible so please respect my family’s need for some privacy now. If the number of lives that I’ve been involved with are in the thousands, then it isn’t possible to talk to each and every one of you. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to teach and coach you all and I ask that you take one or two of my life lessons and pass them on to your family and friends and that will keep me alive forever. With much love and appreciation, I wish all of you a very successful and fulfilled life. TM.”
Martinez has worked with Brady for nearly 25 years — the two first met when the quarterback was a struggling high schooler. They’ve continued to maintain a close relationship over the years — the quarterback gave the game ball from his first win as a starter in the NFL to Martinez, and they stayed in touch on a regular basis even as Brady became an MVP. According to this story from the San Jose Mercury News, Brady was back in the Bay Area this past week working with some of Martinez’s pupils at the Riekes Center in Menlo Park.
Brady’s father spoke with the Mercury-News about Martinez, a California coaching legend who served as head coach of the football, women’s basketball and softball teams at College of San Mateo for many years.
“This will be such a loss to so many kids on the Peninsula, not to have him be there as a mentor,’’ said Tom Brady Sr. “In our family he helped all three of our daughters and our son as recently as last Sunday. He had just got out of the hospital Saturday, but on Sunday he was sitting in his chair directing what was to be done. He is one of the great tacticians ever. His passing will be a major loss.’’
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