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Brady Seeks Kidney Donor For Mentor

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is using the limelight of the Super Bowl to appeal for help for a man who has been his mentor since he was a kid.

Brady and his mentor, Tom Martinez (Facebook)
Brady and his mentor, Tom Martinez (Facebook)

Tom Martinez is a quarterback coach who lives in California. He's mentored Brady since No. 12 was a young boy and continues to advise him. Now it's Brady's turn to help Martinez. The 66-year-old needs a kidney transplant because of life-threatening complications from diabetes.

"He wants to play for five or six more years, so if I can get a kidney and live that long, then I'll be able to go to Boston more times," Martinez said.

Because of his poor health, Martinez has not been able to come back East to work with Brady since last fall.

The Pats quarterback is using his Facebook page to ask potential donors to come forward. (Don't have a Facebook account? Here's the link Brady's circulating.)

This program aired on January 27, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Delores Handy Twitter Reporter
Delores Handy was formerly a host and reporter at WBUR.

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