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Brady: Martinez’s legacy will live on forever

Tom Brady’s longtime mentor Tom Martinez passed away Tuesday at the age of 66. Brady, who continued to get counseled by Martinez through the 2011 season, released a statement Wednesday through his Facebook page:

“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,” Brady said.

Martinez died of a heart attack suffered during a dialysis session. A feature on the pregame show of the Super Bowl detailed how close Brady and Martinez were to this day. Martinez worked extensively with Brady during the lockout and called after every game this season to provide feedback.

Martinez is best known for his work with Brady, but he was also a coach at the College of San Mateo in California. Martinez’s teams won 32 championships in football, softball, and women’s basketball.

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11 Responses to “Brady: Martinez’s legacy will live on forever”
  1. skeefe1976 says: Feb 22, 2012 1:42 PM

    RIP, Coach Martinez. Thanks for your help in giving us TB12! Thoughts & prayers to your family & friends.

  2. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 22, 2012 1:50 PM

    Jamarcus Russell never called Martinez despite the offer to tutor Russell. Damn.

  3. rushmatic says: Feb 22, 2012 2:17 PM

    Ahhh, that’s too bad. He’s been such a great help to Brady over the years.

    I’ll echo skeefe’s comment:

    Thank you for your help in giving us TB12!

  4. knucklebucket says: Feb 22, 2012 2:26 PM

    RIP Coach

  5. brokea$$lovesmesomeme says: Feb 22, 2012 2:32 PM

    I wonder if Giselle is mad that he won’t be able to teach her husband how to throw the ball so he can throw it and not catch it, or something like that.

  6. skeefe1976 says: Feb 22, 2012 2:41 PM

    Anyone who gives a thumbs-down to a simple “RIP Coach” deserves their own THUMBS-DOWN!

  7. allsportsnyfan says: Feb 22, 2012 2:56 PM

    RIP Coach. Blessings and condolences to your family.

  8. slammincamnewton says: Feb 22, 2012 3:22 PM

    Really? during a dialysis? pfft screw doctors.

  9. johnnyb216 says: Feb 22, 2012 4:14 PM

    Get used to it. These are the types of lowlifes this site attracts. When Joe phillbin lost his son, it seemed like people were praising god and taking pleasure in somebody else’s loss (not everybody obviously, but a really surprising amount). I hope these lowlifes get laughed at during the darkest moment of their lives too.

  10. CKL says: Feb 22, 2012 4:24 PM

    He coached TB’s sisters too. The man was obviously a very talented coach to be able to coach male & female athletes in different sports, and do it well. RIP Coach.

  11. afc22 says: Feb 22, 2012 7:09 PM

    the one guy in that whole stadium people could actually pull for. R.I.P.

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