Tony Sparano, a longtime NFL coach who's been an assistant for the Minnesota Vikings since 2016, has reportedly passed away. He was only 56.
KSTP first reported the tragic news. Sparano, a West Haven, Connecticut native, passed away at his home over the weekend.
"Sources tell KSTP Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano died Sunday at home days before training camp begins. He was 56 years old," KSTP reported.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport has confirmed the tragic news. A team official has confirmed that Sparano passed away at his home overnight.
"Sad news for the Vikings: OL coach Tony Sparano passed away over night, per team official. He was 56," Rapoport reported.
Sparano has been in coaching since 1984. He began his career as an assistant coach at New Haven. He went on to coach at Boston University.
The NFL coach went on to be the head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2008-11. He was the Oakland Raiders interim head coach in 2014.
Sparano had a career record of 32-41. He is from the Bill Parcells coaching tree, as he was an assistant with the legendary coach in Dallas for several years.
Our thoughts are with Tony's family and friends. May he rest in peace