Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vikings Offensive Line Coach Tony Sparano [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vikings Offensive Line Coach Tony Sparano [Derived Headline]

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Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano

EAGAN, Minn. - Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano died Sunday at the age of 56, the team said.

The team announced Mr. Sparano's death in a statement that did not provide a cause. Mr. Sparano had been the Vikings' offensive line coach since 2016.

"Tony was a passionate and driven individual who cared deeply about his family, and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren," Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf said in the statement.

Mr. Sparano began his NFL coaching career in 1999 and had stints as a head coach with the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders. He was the Dolphins' head coach from 2008-11 and went 29-32. He went 11-5 and won the AFC East in his first season with Miami. Mr. Sparano also spent time with the Browns, Redskins, Jaguars, Cowboys and 49ers. …

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