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Rick Spielman gets emotional discussing what Tony Sparano meant to Vikings

As the Minnesota Vikings arrive for the start of training camp, they enter with heavy hearts after the sudden death of assistant Tony Sparano.

Before passing away due to heart disease, Sparano had a profound impact during his time with Minnesota. During his introductory press conference before camp, Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman talked about Sparano’s impact on the team.

Sparano, who served as the Miami Dolphins’ head coach from 2008-11, had a profound impact on every team and player he coached. His career started in 1984 as an offensive line coach at University of New Haven and stretched over three decades with 11 teams.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannette and their three children, Tony, Andrew and Ryan Leigh.