Former Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Joe Avezzano died today after a heart attack in Italy, where he was coaching a team. He was 68.
“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,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. “He was an original. There was no one else like him.”
Avezzano was an assistant in Dallas from 1990 to 2002, a tenure that included eight playoff appearances and Super Bowl titles following the 1992, 1993 and 1995 seasons.
In 2002, Avezzano was the inaugural head coach of the Cowboys-owned Dallas Desperados of the Arena Football League, according to the team’s website. He later coached with the Oakland Raiders before moving to Italy.
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