It’s officially training camp season, but the NFL world received some sad news on Sunday. Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano passed away over night at the age of 56.
Cowboys fans knew Tony Sparano as one of Bill Parcells’ disciples in Dallas. He worked with the tight ends and offensive line through his time, which also overlapped into the Wade Phillips era, and was a part of the 2007 team that went 13-3.
Sparano’s success in 2007 helped catapult him to a head coach opportunity with the Miami Dolphins. He had bounced around the NFL since then before reuniting with Mike Zimmer in Minnesota before the 2016 season.
The Vikings released an official statement on Sparano’s death. It was unexpected and came at a time when the season is just beginning for Minnesota.

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