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Posted on 04/05/2012 11:49:38 AM PDT by re_nortex
Long-time former Cowboys special teams coach Joe Avezzano has died at age 68, reportedly of a heart attack while in Italy.
Joe Avezzano was a very special part of our Dallas Cowboys family and our organizations history," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. "He was also a wonderful father, husband and friend. 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.
Coach Joe: 1943-2012
Dang! RIP, Joe.
In addition to his stellar football career, he was a great foil on Dale Hansen's sports broadcasts on channel 8 in Dallas. Joe Avezzano had a great, fun-loving personality and was a fan of country music.
He worked for Barry Switzer for four seasons with the Cowboys, including the franchise's last Super Bowl title season. When Switzer thinks of his old friend, football usually isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Switzer thinks of Avezzano strumming a guitar and belting out country songs.
"Joe would rather have been a country western music star or on-stage performer than a football coach if he had a choice," Switzer said. "Joe did a great job coaching, was highly ambitious and a hard worker, but Joe always thought he could sing. I got a kick out of that."
Source: Joe Avezzano dies suddenly (ESPN-Dallas)
Coach Joe was a real character, he was one of the things that made the Cowboys fun back in the 90s.
I remember “Crazy Joe” from his years as Head Coach at Oregon State.