Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/17/12

Tom Martinez, the man who taught Tom Brady a lot of what he knows, and had been a major part of the QB's success, died this past February from a heart attack during dialysis, on his 66th birthday. Tom Brady opened up recently about the loss of his mentor.

"I had a great level of comfort with Tom over the years," Brady told the Associated Press. "He was always someone I could call on to rely on him. I know he's watching down with every throw and I hear his voice in the back of my head after every throw. Throwing the football is about mechanics. There's nothing special. It's just a matter of doing it the right way. The better mechanically you are, the more accurate you're going to be able to throw the football."

"When you're not accurate, there's a reason for it. It's not like, `Hey you've got to throw the ball more accurate.' No, there's a reason. What are you doing?" Brady asked. "I'm constantly evaluating every throw. I watch every practice. Every rep I take in practice, I have someone film and I watch it after practice. I just make sure I'm continuing to work on the right things because ultimately when you're under pressure, your body is going to revert to what it knows.

"Muscle memory is a very important thing for a quarterback. Hopefully, you train your muscles to react the way you need them to react when the pressure is on the most. That allows you to throw the ball with velocity and accuracy. The tougher the games get, the closer the coverages, the more accurate you need to be."

"I have to rely on what he's taught me over the years. I have a lot of stuff written down of things we've talked about and things that I've learned, and I have a great understanding of mechanically what I need to be able to do. It's just a matter of seeing it and being able to correct it. Hopefully, you can correct it between series sometimes," Brady said. "You don't always have the fortune to wait until Monday to figure things out. Sometimes you have to figure them out in the middle of the third quarter. That's something where I have to rely on what he's taught me over the years."


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