Players react to the passing of coach Tony Sparano

Tony Sparano, an NFL coach for nearly two decades, has died at age 56. He was twice a head coach with the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders, and had been on the NFL sideline for 18 years.

He was expected to enter another season as an assistant with the Minnesota Vikings when training camp began on Tuesday.

Tony Sparano’s former players have taken to social media to show an outpouring of love and condolences following his death. (AP)
Tony Sparano’s former players have taken to social media to show an outpouring of love and condolences following his death. (AP)

Sparano’s former players took to social media Sunday morning to pay tribute to the longtime coach following his death.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr

Vikings quarterback Kyle Sloter

Raiders offensive tackle Donald Penn

Former Dolphins linebacker Erik Walden

Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack

Vikings defensive end Tashawn Bower

Former Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew

Viking tight end Kyle Rudolph

Former Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline

Former longtime Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown

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