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Tony Sparano, Vikings’ OL Coach, Passes Away at 56

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TMZ is not where the line for unprofessionalism starts, they crossed that line so long ago it’s just a dot on the horizon. 

There’s a reason the at no one else who covers the Vikings, be it from a newspaper, radio station, blog, or tv outlet was covering the memorial service in the same manner as Tomasson. 

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Tomasson is awful. 

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 The Vikings were among the 250 people who honored their assistant coach’s memory during what was described as an emotional funeral service. Sparano, who had coached the Vikings offensive linemen the past two years, died Sunday from heart disease. He was 56.

Rex Ryan: “He was a great coach and just a hell of a person. He was my kind of guy. He was a tough ***, but he was just special. He had a great rapport with his players. You knew what you were going to get from him. He was an honest man. Just a great coach.”

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, General Manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer were joined at the service by the rest of the team as well as Ryan, Saints coach Sean Payton, Rob Ryan and many of Sparano’s former players.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/07/27/tony-sparano-remembered-for-being-about-faith-family-football/

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Sparano had stints as a head coach with the Dolphins from 2008-11 and with Oakland on an interim basis in 2014. Former Dolphins players who attended included Jake Long, who played with Minnesota in his final NFL season of 2016, Ronnie Brown, Kendall Langford and tight end Matthew Mulligan. Dan Campbell, a Dolphins assistant under Sparano who is now a Saints assistant, also was on hand, and Miami general manager Mike Tannenbaum was at Thursday night’s wake.

Pallbearers were Joe Berger and Vikings starting offensive linemen Riley Reiff, Mike Remmers, Nick Easton, Pat Elflein and Rashod Hill. Berger was a starter during both of Sparano’s seasons with the Vikings before announcing his retirement in March; he also played for Sparano in Dallas and Miami.

Mulligan: “I’m sure there will be an enormous grieving period for the family, and whatever it takes for them is right for them. But I hope the family sees the amount of support they had from all these people coming out. There were people from Florida, from California. There were so many people who came to say, ‘He meant the world to us.’ 

https://www.twincities.com/2018/07/27/funeral-for-vikings-offensive-line-coach-tony-sparano-had-not-a-dry-eye/

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