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Matt Reed
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Posted: 22 July 2018 at 4:15pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

This one obviously hits hard for me.  Vikings Offensive line coach Tony Sparano, who had complained of chest pains on Thursday, was examined and released Friday, collapsed in his home this morning and died at the age of 56.  

Not only was he a great coach for us, helping to turn around a vastly underperforming unit in just two seasons, his players loved him.  A tough, gruff, no-nonsense coach whose exterior belied a softer side.  Like many in the profession, he was with many teams in many roles and was always known by his trademark; wearing sunglasses no matter the situation due to a grease fire accident as a teenager that made him extremely light sensitive.  

Although his loss to the organization will be great, it's the loss to his family, friends and players that will be much greater.  

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