Tom Brady Mentor, Tom Martinez Dies

Coach dies waiting for kidney transplant.

By Mathew Luschek
|  Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012  |  Updated 1:18 PM PDT
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Tom Brady is helping the coach who has been his mentor since he was a boy.  Tom Martinez is in failing health and needs a kidney transplant, so Brady is asking people to see if they are a compatible kidney donor. To visit the donor organization's website, click <a href=here." />

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Tom Brady is helping the coach who has been his mentor since he was a boy. Tom Martinez is in failing health and needs a kidney transplant, so Brady is asking people to see if they are a compatible kidney donor. To visit the donor organization's website, click here.

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Legendary Football Coach Dies in Bay Area

Elite "New England Patriots" quarterback Tom Brady will return to his hometown of San Mateo this week. But instead of a joyful celebration at his old high school, Brady's visit will now be filled with sorrow. Thousands of other local athletes are mourning the death of their coach, Tom Martinez. NBC Bay Area's George Kiriyama reports from Redwood City.
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One of the most successful quarterback coaches has died.

Tom Martinez, who gained national attention for his work with Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, died Tuesday on his 66th birthday, reports the Mercury News.

Brady met the Coach when he was just 13-years-old.

Martinez was one of the most successful coaches in California community college history, at the College of San Mateo.

Martinez was awaiting a kidney transplant at the time of his death. 

Las fall, Coach Martinez was part of the college of San Mateo's inaugural Hall of Fame class. His contributions and his winning spirit now forever memorialized in stone.

Tom Brady will be in the Bay Area for a fundraiser on Thursday.

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