Tom Martinez, the personal quarterback coach and mentor for Tom Brady, passed away on Tuesday night in California. It was his 66th birthday.
Martinez had been sick for years while battling diabetes and was awaiting a new kidney. His wife Olivia told the San Mateo (Calif.) Daily Journal that her husband died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack while receiving dialysis treatment.
On Tuesday night, the Patriots' official Twitter account posted, "Our sincere condolences go out to the Martinez family & all those he mentored throughout his incredible career."
Martinez began working with Brady when the quarterback was just 13 years old. Martinez remained a close tutor and mentor to Brady throughout his career at the University of Michigan and with the Patriots, where he has won three Super Bowls and twice been named MVP. Brady credits the coach with helping improve his mechanics and confidence as a player.
Martinez worked at the College of San Mateo as a football coach and physical education teacher, but wound up coaching the softball and women's basketball teams as well. In his career, he won 32 championships. He also had 400 career wins in football, a state-record 565 wins in basketball and 800 wins in softball over 32 years, the Daily Journal reported.