Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer
Saints coach Sean Payton on the passing of friend and former colleague Tony Sparano, whom he coached with in Dallas: "I am truly saddened to learn of the news of Tony's passing. I had the privilege of calling him a friend and a coaching colleague and am heartbroken for his wife, Jeannette, and his children Anthony, Andrew and Ryan Leigh. My thoughts and prayers go out to the countless people that he touched and made such a profound difference for in their lives. We have very suddenly lost a special person that was passionate about life, football and most importantly, family."