Current and former Vikings players react to Sparano’s sudden death

(Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images) Tony Sparano
(Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images) Tony Sparano /

Current and former members of the Minnesota Vikings took to social media on Sunday to offer their thoughts on the passing of Tony Sparano.

More than a decade after the tragic passing of Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Korey Stringer, the franchise has been dealt with another sudden passing. On Sunday, the Vikings unfortunately had to announce that offensive line coach Tony Sparano has passed away at the age of 56.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Sparano had visited the hospital last Thursday due to chest pains. Minnesota’s offensive line coach was found unconscious in his home on Sunday morning and he was unable to be revived.

It is certainly something no one in the Vikings organization saw coming. Just days before the Minnesota begins their 2018 training camp, the team’s coaches and players will now be arriving to the TCO Performance Center with heavy hearts.

After the news of Sparano’s passing was revealed on Sunday, a number of current Vikings players took to social media to express their thoughts and offer condolences to the coach’s family.

Not only did some of Minnesota’s current players express their grief on social media on Sunday, but a bunch of the team’s former players also took some time to post about Sparano and the person he was.

The Vikings’ coach obviously had an impact on more than just the team’s offensive lineman. His time with Minnesota is certainly something no one in the organization will ever forget.

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News like this is never easy for any person to handle. But tragedies like Sparano’s passing help put things in perspective and remind people that the impact NFL coaches have on their players goes well beyond the game of football.