NFL Players, Teams Mourn Unexpected Death of Vikings Offensive Line Coach

July 23, 2018 06:05 AM

Players, former players and teams from across the National Football League are taking to social media to remember Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano who died unexpectedly Sunday at his home days before the start of training camp. He was 56 years old. 

KSTP sources confirmed Sparano's death Sunday shortly before the team's announcement, "With deep regret the Minnesota Vikings announce that Offensive Line Coach Tony Sparano unexpectedly passed away early this morning."


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Owners Mark and Zygi Wilf issued a statement as well saying:

Our hearts go out to Jeanette and the entire Sparano family as we all mourn the loss of Tony. Tony was a passionate and driven individual who cared deeply about his family, and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Tony's presence within the Vikings organization will be deeply missed. We are only thinking of Tony’s family during this incredibly difficult time. We ask that the entire NFL and Vikings family keep the Sparanos in their thoughts.

Sparano joined the Vikings in 2016, but he has an extensive coaching experience, including stops as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2008 to 2011 and was interim head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2014.

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