MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings honored the life and memory of former offensive line coach Tony Sparano on Saturday before hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Sparano tragically passed away July 22, sending shock and grief throughout the Vikings family.
Coaches, players and staff members from Ownership to Operations mourned the loss of the passionate coach.
Vikings Owners Mark Wilf and Lenny Wilf, Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren, General Manager Rick Spielman and Head Coach Mike Zimmer presented the Sparano family with a portrait of Tony that was painted by Mark Kness.
Tony's wife Jeanette, daughter Ryan and son Tony Jr. were presented the painting on the Vikings sideline. Tony Jr. is the assistant offensive line coach of the Jaguars. Son Andy had a coaching commitment and was unable to attend.
The Playbook game program cover featured a reproduction of the painting as well as a tribute spread.
Jeanette, Ryan and Tony Jr. served as Honorary Captains for the coin toss and were joined by Minnesota's offensive linemen.
Vikings Entertainment Network produced a video that was shown at U.S. Bank Stadium after the entire crowd participated in a moment of silence.
Former Vikings offensive lineman Joe Berger was selected to sound the Gjallarhorn in Tony's honor. Berger played for Sparano from 2006-08 in Dallas, from 2009-10 in Miami and in the 2016-17 seasons with Minnesota. Berger joined current Vikings offensive linemen in serving as pallbearers at Tony's funeral service last month.
Vikings players are wearing "TS" decals on their helmets this season. Staff are wearing "TS" lapel pins this season.