Former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano, who spent nearly two decades in coaching positions for nine different NFL franchises, has died. He was 56. The Vikings made the announcement today.
“Our hearts go out to Jeanette and the entire Sparano family as we all mourn the loss of Tony,” Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf said in a statement. “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 grew up in Connecticut, played college football at the University of New Haven. He would end up getting his first coaching job at New Haven his Alma Mater. Tony Sparano would end up coaching on 9 NFL teams in his career, and was currently the O-Line coach for the Vikings.
Please keep his family in your prayers. His son Tony Sparano Jr. is the tight ends coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.