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Former Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Joe Avezzano died Thursday of cardiac failure in Italy, according to multiple reports.
According to the reports, Avezzano, 68, died after suffering cardiac failure while running on a treadmill. Avezzano was in Italy to coach the Milano Seamen of the Italian Football League.
Avezzano, who played for the Boston Patriots of the American Football League in 1966, joined the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff in 1990 as special-teams coach.
Avezzano's fiery emotion on the sideline made him a fan favorite in Dallas, where he was a part of the Cowboys' three Super Bowl championships in the 1990s.
He was the only three-time winner of the NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year award. After being fired by the team when Bill Parcells was hired in 2003, Avezzano would continue his coaching career, joining the Oakland Raiders as special-teams coach (2003-05) under Norv Turner, a former Cowboys offensive.
Avezzano was a presence in Dallas off the field, too, having opened Coach Joe's Bar and Grill in Frisco, Texas. He also served as a judge on former Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin's short-lived reality-television show, "Fourth and Long," on Spike TV.
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Former Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe Avezzano, whose wild sideline antics made him a fan favorite when the Cowboys won three Super Bowls in the 1990s, died Thursday. He was 68.
Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple confirmed that Avezzano died in Italy. He had moved to Milan earlier this year to coach an Italian Football League team, the Milan Seamen. That team said on its website...
Joe Avezzano, the popular former special teams coach with Dallas Cowboys, died of a heart attack Thursday. The Cowboys confirmed Avezzano's death while coaching a team in Milan, Italy.
Avezzano coached the Cowboys' special teams from 1990-2002, including the glory days of the early 1990s when the team won three Super Bowls. He was named special teams coach of the year three...
Former Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Joe Avezzano has died.
Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple confirmed Thursday that Avezzano died in Italy. He was 68.
Avezzano coached the Cowboys' special teams during the team's heyday in the 1990s, which included three Super Bowl championships. He was named special teams coach of the year three times.
In February, Avezzano left Dallas...
Joe Avezzano served as the Cowboys special teams coach from 1990 to 2002. He died on Thursday, April 5. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The sad news today was that former Cowboys special teams coach Joe Avezzano died at the age of 68. He was coaching in Italy at the time.
He served as special teams coach from 1990 to 2002. He also served as head coach of the now-defunct Dallas Desperados...
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Joe Avezzano is dead at age 68. He reportedly died of a heart attack in Milan, Italy, where he was coaching the Milan Seamen of the Italian Football League.
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