It was shocking news as it came to life early Sunday morning as the offensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings Tony Sparano had passed away. As is the case in most situations, different people handle the situation in different ways. Some with immediate reactions, some more calculated and some done in private.
Below are some of the reactions from Minnesota Vikings players and coaches.
Rip coach Tony 🙏🏾— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) July 22, 2018
At a lost for words regarding the news about coach Sparano. Had the honor to work with him 3 out of 5 years and I’m grateful. Many many prayers and well wishes to his family right now. I… https://t.co/Mg3nYEYLCY— Latavius Murray (@LataviusM) July 22, 2018
Coach Zimmer on the passing of Tony Sparano pic.twitter.com/YPG2biZPEG— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) July 22, 2018
RIP coach Tony— Xavier Rhodes (@XavierRhodes29_) July 22, 2018
Our hearts are heavy hearing about the passing of coach Sparano. He was a great coach/mentor/friend. I will always look back fondly on the time I spent under his guidance. Thoughts and… https://t.co/nlhwpdwtHR— Mike Remmers (@mremmers74) July 22, 2018
GM Rick Spielman on the passing of Tony Sparano pic.twitter.com/k34tz4SqvF— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) July 22, 2018
Thoughts and prayers to the sparano family. I am truly heartbroken. We lost a great man to early. https://t.co/MXt26ZTZsx— Everson Griffen (@EversonGriffen) July 22, 2018
Devastated to hear the news about Coach Sparano passing. Praying for his family through this tough time.— Kirk Cousins (@KirkCousins8) July 22, 2018
Coach sparano, I’m gonna miss you starting off the meetings every morning. I’ll never forget you. Thank you for the passion and energy you brought to work every day. Prayers and blessings to the sparano family. Rest In Peace 💜 pic.twitter.com/uXqzRrK7xK— Cayleb S Jones (@CaylebJones) July 22, 2018
Man, when it rains it pours. Rest In Peace coach Sparano. Prayers going to your family and friends and our Viking organization. Lost 4 coaches in the past 2 months. Wishing I was able to reverse time and tell not just these people but everyone that’s import to me I appreciate you— Tashawn Bower (@TashawnBower) July 22, 2018
Really tough to see this, so much respect for this guy, great coach and great person! You will be missed by so many, thoughts and prayers to your family! RIP Coach https://t.co/cTFqtglDcD— Adam Thielen (@athielen19) July 22, 2018