FOXBORO (CBS) – One of the secrets behind Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s success is his mentor, Tom Martinez.
Now, Martinez has received unfortunate news from his doctor that he has less than a month to live. Martinez has been battling complications from diabetes for years.
In a post on Facebook, Martinez revealed the news (through his daughter):
“We have received some bad news that I wanted to share with all of you. I have been given a week to a month to live, depending on my body’s response to medication. I want to thank you for the relationship that we shared and the friendships that allowed me to have a very successful career. As much as I would like to talk to you each in person, that is not feasible so please respect my family’s need for some privacy now. If the number of lives that I’ve been involved with are in the thousands, then it isn’t possible to talk to each and every one of you. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to teach and coach you all and I ask that you take one or two of my life lessons and pass them on to your family and friends and that will keep me alive forever. With much love and appreciation, I wish all of you a very successful and fulfilled life. TM.”
According to the San Jose Mercury News, Martinez worked with Brady as recently as last Sunday.
Martinez has been Brady’s tutor since 1992, when Brady’s dad sought Martinez to help his 15-year-old son.