Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano passed away Sunday morning at age 56. NFL network reported Monday morning that it is believed he died of a heart attack. Sparano had a wife Jeanette, three children and four grandchildren. Sparano had coached in the NFL as both an assistant and a head coach for more than 30 years and was loved amongst his players. Many current and former players took to social media on Sunday to talk about their disbelief of Sparano’s passing and the positive impact he had on them both as players and as people.
Sparano was well known for what he did as head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2008, turning a team around that won one game the season before and leading them to an 11-5 record and a division title. He also was known for being one of the creators of the wildcat offense. The NFL will greatly miss Coach Sparano.