Tom Martinez has an amazing story. Two weeks ago doctors informed him that he had two weeks to live.
Defying the odds and likely puzzling those same doctors, Martinez spent this past Saturday teaching teens the mechanics of passing.
Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle penned an extraordinary piece on Martinez who has tutored some of the game’s all-time greats including New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and legendary Denver Broncos star John Elway.
He even had the chance to work with Oakland Raiders bust JaMarcus Russell whom he had high hopes for at first.
“He was unbelievably talented – the best I’ve ever seen,” Martinez told Tafur.
So what went wrong? Lane Kiffin, laziness and lack of desire to improve.
“I always at the end of every kid I work with, I give them a quarter and I tell them, when you need help, you call me,” Martinez said. “I am never going to call you . . . If you need help, if there’s anything you think I can help with because I watch every game, call me. And here’s a quarter. … Brady used his quarter, and I had to give him another one, and he used that, and I gave him a different one. JaMarcus still has his.”