July 22, 2018 03:48 PM
(ABC 6 News)- On Sunday afternoon the Minnesota Vikings announced the unexpected death of their offensive line coach, Tony Sparano.
“I am at a loss for words with Tony’s sudden passing," Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said. "Tony loved the game of football and his players. More importantly, he was a strong man of faith who treasured his family. My heart is with the Sparanos today. As an organization, we will support them in whatever ways we can.”
"I love Tony Sparano," Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said. "He was a great teacher, a grinder of a worker and had a toughness and fighting spirit that showed in our linemen. He was a great husband, father and grandfather and a great friend to me. This is just sinking in for us but Tony will be sorely missed by all."
Sparano, just 56-years-old, was entering his third season as the O-Line coach with the Vikings, per NFL.com.
No other information regarding the cause of his death has been released.
Updated: July 22, 2018 03:48 PM
Created: July 22, 2018 12:45 PM
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