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Tom Brady shares thoughts on news that his longtime mentor Tom Martinez is gravely ill

06.13.11 at 8:13 am ET
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is saddened over the recent news that his longtime mentor Tom Martinez, after fighting a kidney condition for the last several years, is in poor health and has been given a short time to live. Brady told Peter King of SI.com that when it comes to Martinez, ‘€œThere is no one who knows more about throwing the football than Tom. And no one has meant more to me when it comes to throwing the football than Tom.

‘€œWe’€™ve been trying to get together this offseason for a session, and finally we met last Sunday at an indoor facility in San Carlos [near San Francisco],” Brady said. “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 has worked with Martinez on a regular basis for nearly 25 years ‘€” the two first connected when Brady was a struggling high school quarterback.

‘€œEvery 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,” Brady said.

‘€œThere’€™s so many people I owe so much to — high school, college and the NFL,’€™’€™ he added. ‘€œBut he is right at the top of the list. Second to none. He never held back with me. Even when I was going good, he’€™d watch me and call me and say something like, ‘€˜Your feet are way too slow in the shotgun. Speed it up!’€™ or, ‘€˜When you throw to your right, close your right shoulder.’€™

‘€œI just can’€™t say enough about him, and what he’€™s meant to me. When I heard how serious it was the other night, I was there in bed with my wife, and it was just a sad moment. Very tough on his family, and on ours.”

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