On Tuesday, Feb. 21, Tom Martinez died on his 66th birthday due to a heart attack. Martinez, a long-time quarterbacks coach, was best known as the mentor to three-time Super Bowl champion QB Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.
Martinez resided in California with his wife Olivia and had three children. Martinez and Brady worked together for over 20 years and have known each other since Brady was a child. Brady’s father, Tom Brady Sr., had been quoted in an interview with ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss saying, “Without Tom Martinez, there never would have been a Tom Brady with the New England Patriots.”
Check out this NFL Films interview with Martinez in which he explains what motivated him to become a coach and how he helped turn Brady into the player that he is today: