Sunday morning, the world was informed of the passing of former Oakland Raiders coach Tony Sparano. The 56-year-old husband, father, and coach spent two seasons with the Silver and Black, and got to know offensive coordinator Greg Olson during that time. As the Offensive Coordinator, Olson worked closely with Sparano, and the two developed a bond. Saturday, Olson met with reporters, and commented on the loss of his former colleague and friend.
"Such a sad story there on Tony Sparano, really just hard to imagine, hard to believe what his family is going through right now, and that team," Olson said. "He just to me was a very grounded person, family was so important to him, a great husband, great father, and a great grandfather. When he talked about his grandkids his face really lit up, but I just thought he was a great role model as a father, and a husband, grandfather, and a really dedicated football coach."
Olson wasn't the only one to share his condolences with the Sparano family, a handful of players and coaches have paid their respects over the last week.