The Minnesota Vikings announced a sad news: the team’s offensive line coach Tony Sparano died on Sunday at the age of 56.Minnesota Vikings iron ons
Originally this will be the third season in which Sparano played the offensive lineup for the Vikings. He started his 20-year NFL coaching career in 1999 as a Cleveland Brown offensive quality control coach.
After playing multiple assistant coach positions in multiple teams, the Miami Dolphins hired Spallano as the coach in 2008, hoping to reverse the 1st and 15th losses of the previous season. He led the Dolphins to 11 wins and 5 losses in the 2008 season and reached the top of the Midland East, becoming the first coach in the NFL history to lead the team into the playoffs after a winning season.
Spallano scored 29 wins and 32 losses in nearly four seasons of coaching the dolphins.
He served as the team’s interim coach after the 2014 Oakland Raiders’ dismissal of the employer Dennis Allen, achieving a 3-9 record.Minnesota Vikings iron on transfers
Spallano was born in 1961. During college, he was the starting center for New Haven and helped them achieve an unbeaten season. In 1984 he started his coaching career as an offensive striker at his alma mater. Later he came to Boston University and started as an offensive line coach and later became an offensive coordinator. In 1994, he returned to the University of New Haven as the coach, helping the team to achieve 41 wins and 14 losses.
In addition to Brown, Dolphins, Raiders and Vikings, Spallano also coached Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers.