The NFL World Reacts To The Sudden Passing Of Coach Tony Sparano At 56 Years Old

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The NFL world has been hit with sad news upon finding out of the passing of Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano at just 56 years old. Sparano spent two decades in NFL coaching capacity–amassing a 32-41 record as head coach for the Dolphins and Raiders.

Sparano was discovered unconscious at his home on Sunday morning, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

Sparano complained about chest pains this weekend and went to hospital Thursday. Doctors did tests, but released him Friday.

Sparano and his wife, Jeannette, were about to leave for church this morning when she found him unconscious in their kitchen. She tried CPR, but he could not be revived. He was 56.

Sparano is survived by his wife, Jeanette, his two sons and four grandchildren.

Players, analysts, and organizations took to Twitter to pay their respects to a coach who was universally liked by everyone within the sport.′

R.I.P. to Mr. Sparano.

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