Anthony Joseph Sparano III (October 7, 1961 – July 22, 2018) was an American football coach. He served as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL) and is the only NFL head coach to have led a team to the playoffs the year following a one-win season, and only the second to conduct a ten-game turnaround, both of which he accomplished in his first season with the Dolphins. He was fired by the Dolphins in December 2011 after a disappointing season.Sparano was the offensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings from 2016 until his death in July 2018.
On July 19, 2018, Sparano was hospitalized in Eden Prairie, Minnesota after suffering from chest pains. He was released the following day, but died two days later at the age of 56. Following an autopsy, it was confirmed that Sparano died of arteriosclerotic heart disease.