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.