Tom Martinez, the longtime personal coach to quarterback Tom Brady, has died at 67.
His wife, Olivia, told the San Mateo Daily Journal that he died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack while receiving dialysis treatment. The San Francisco Chronicle reported he died in Redwood City.
Tom Martinez worked with Brady when he was a teenager growing up in San Mateo, where Martinez coached at College of San Mateo. Their relationship continued during Brady’s NFL career.
Martinez told the San Francisco Chronicle before the Patriots’ Super Bowl matchup against the Giants this year that he always enjoyed working with Brady and watching him play.
Brady was equally complimentary, telling reporters before the Super Bowl that Martinez taught him how to throw a football, and he was “forever indebted” to him.
“He’s been a great friend of mine for a long time,” Brady said, adding that Martinez had been seeking a kidney for some time.
“A lot of people are looking for kidneys or some different type of transplants, but he’s very deserving,” Brady said. “He’s a great man.”
A spokesman for the Patriots said early Wednesday that Brady could not immediately be reached for comment. The team posted to Twitter late Tuesday, “Our sincere condolences go out to the Martinez family & all those he mentored throughout his incredible career.”
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