Tony Sparano, an NFL coach for nearly two decades, has died at age 56. He was twice a head coach with the Dolphins and Raiders, and had been on the NFL sidelines for 18 years.
He was expected to enter another season as an assistant with the Minnesota Vikings when training camp began on Tuesday.
Sparano’s former players took to social media Sunday morning to pay tribute to the longtime coach following his death.
Players react to the passing of NFL coach Tony Sparano
Sporano Family I am so sorry for your loss. Coach believed in me, trusted me, and stuck with me as a rookie. He wou… https://t.co/hdgTILAz7G
Rest In Peace Coach Sparano. I really can’t believe the news. A great coach and even better person. My condolences… https://t.co/TIuAl8aAay
Damn I’m at a loss for words RIP coach Sparano taught me so much not just about football about life also one of th… https://t.co/zS8kmoNHhn
Damn man sad day ...RIP Coach Sparano .Prayers up for the entire Sparano family 🙏🙏
Man, when it rains it pours. Rest In Peace coach Sparano. Prayers going to your family and friends and our Viking o… https://t.co/W32PQocGgF
We lost a great man today in our football family. I was only around coach Tony Sparano for a year. But left a lasti… https://t.co/q249BUlaoJ
Thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Sparano, his family and everyone in the @Vikings organization.. life’s precious and we… https://t.co/Ms1XtgsrIi
Heart broken and lost for words! We lost a great man. Prayers to the Sparano family. So glad I got to see you and t… https://t.co/W5eBglG9rK
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Sparano family. One of the most energetic and motivational coaches that I’ve… https://t.co/KghZLiafY1