Vikings Offensive Line Coach dies unexpectedly

Tony Sparano died unexpectedly at his home Sunday morning

Tony Sparano died unexpectedly at his home Sunday morning

He would check on my family every HC and QB meeting we would have!

The Vikings didn't announce a cause of death, but ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter Tweeted Sunday afternoon that Sparano had chest pains Thursday but doctors released him from the hospital Friday after running some tests. Sparano was incredibly well-respected for his ability to connect with players.

Tony is survived by his wife, Jeannette, his two sons; Tony and Andrew, his daughter, Ryan Leigh, and his four grandchildren.

He got his start in coaching with the Chargers as the offensive line coach from 1984-87 before taking the same position at Boston College, eventually rising to offensive coordinator.

Tony Sparano, who led the Miami Dolphins as head coach from 2008 to 2011, has died. There he had a 29-32 record in almost four seasons, but turned the team around in 2008 taking the Dolphins from 1-15 to 11-5 and a first-place AFC East finish.

Prior to coaching, officials said he played at University of New Haven where he was a four-year letterman, and eventually becoming the head coach in 1994.

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He caught on with the Vikings in 2016, reuniting with head coach Mike Zimmer, with whom he'd been an assistant under Bill Parcells from 2003-06.

"We both showed up at the same time", Shurmur said in a statement.

Three years later, Sparano was named interim head coach of the Oakland Raiders after Dennis Allen was sacked four games into the 2014 season. My heart is with the Sparanos today.

He also worked as interim head coach with the Oakland Raiders in 2014, finishing the season 3-9, but was not retained. "This is just sinking in for us but Tony will be sorely missed by all".

"Thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Sparano, his family and everyone in the Vikings organization", Rudolph wrote. May he rest in peace. Wishing I was able to reverse time and tell not just these people but everyone that's [important] to me I appreciate you. Like a parent, he was hard on his players when he had to be, but always made sure they knew how much he cared.

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