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Former Player's Heartfelt Tribute To Tony Sparano Going Viral

Tony Sparano speaks to the Raiders in 2014.

The NFL is mourning the tragic death of Tony Sparano today. The former Miami Dolphins head coach and current Minnesota Vikings assistant was found dead by his wife early this morning.

Sparano coached in the NFL for two decades. He developed a tremendous amount of respect from those he coached and worked with.

In addition to his four-year stint as head coach of the Dolphins from 2008 to 2011, Sparano was the interim head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2014. He was the team's assistant head coach and offensive line coach in 2013 and 2014.

During his time in Oakland, Sparano coached standout fullback Marcel Reece. It is clear he left a major impression.

Reece posted a heartfelt tribute to Sparano on Twitter today:

I was honored to battle with you. My heart is unbelievably broken for you family, because I know how close you all were. I’m gonna miss those text messages: but you made a lasting impression on all those who grew to know you. Much luv coach Spo

Below is the video Reece shared:

That's an awesome tribute from Reece. By all accounts, Sparano was a guy who was well-liked and respected in every locker room he was in.

RIP, Coach.