Evans Clinchy
Friday April 6th, 2012

Joe Avezzano, former special teams coach for the Dallas Cowboys, died today at the age of 68, according to the Associated Press.

Avezzano died in Italy, where he had moved earlier this year to coach an Italian Football League team, the Milan Seamen. The coach suffered a heart attack, and attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Avezzano was the Cowboys' special teams coach from 1990 to 2002, helping lead the team to three Super Bowl victories during his tenure. His lively, animated coaching style made him a fan favorite in North Texas. He left the Cowboys' staff when Bill Parcells was hired as head coach in 2003. "Joe Avezzano was a very special part of our Dallas Cowboys family and our organization's history," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. "No one enjoyed life more than Joe, and no one that I know had a greater appreciation for the people that he loved and the lives that he touched. There was no one else like him."

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