This past week I had the pleasure of attending a four day quaterback / wide-receivers camp, put on by the man who fine tunes Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots. His name is Tom Martinez, Sr. and it was a real pleasure, if not a miracle to spend this time with him and his coaching staff. The camp is the same camp that Tom Martinez started over 33 years ago; it is the same camp that Tom Brady attended at the age of 13 and continued to attend until leaving for college.
It was a real honor to watch this man share his love of football and life with kids who were as young as 10 and as old as 20. He not only taught them how to improve themselves as football players but how to improve themselves as human beings. He asked “at what age should you start preparing if you plan on going to college?” Most of the kids answered as a freshman; Tom told them, the third grade. “You need to know how to read and write, how to do math and how to study, if you plan on going to college.” Mr. Martinez also told the children that at this camp, they only needed to worry about how they were doing; there would be no camp favorites, so they did not need to worry about the skill of the person next to them. My son enjoyed himself and feels that he made serious improvements to his game in just four days.
It was a miracle to be there, because two weeks ago the doctors at Stanford were only giving Tom Martinez about two weeks to live. One week after visiting some doctors at UCLA, Tom told his family that he was going to continue to hold his football camp.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to meet and talk with people like Tom Martinez. People who truly care about others and who have a passion for teaching and for life. It truly is a blessing to know someone like him; and my son and I look forward to his camp next year as well.