The Minnesota Vikings shared today that offensive line coach Tony Sparano unexpecredly passed away this morning at the age of 56. The team released a statement on the coach's passing via their website and social media with comments from team owners Mark and Zygi Wilf, saying the following:

Our hearts go out to Jeanette and the entire Sparano family as we all mourn the loss of Tony. Tony was a passionate and driven individual who cared deeply about his family, and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Tony's presence within the Vikings organization will be deeply missed. We are only thinking of Tony’s family during this incredibly difficult time. We ask that the entire NFL and Vikings family keep the Sparanos in their thoughts.

Sparano began his NFL coaching career in 1999 in Cleveland as an offensive quality control coach and later offensive line coach. He has been with the Minnesota Vikings as an offensive line coach since 2016.

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