Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer
Lions DC Paul Pasqualoni worked in Miami with the late Tony Sparano and had many fond memories of his former boss. When he heard Sparano died earlier this year, it hurt him greatly. "To be very honest, when I had heard the news that morning, I think it was a Sunday morning, it just kind of made me really feel sick and ill all over. Knowing his wife, who is a wonderful person, and his two sons and his daughter had just gotten married. Tony's from Connecticut and I'm from Connecticut. Known him a long time. When he was the head coach at the University of New Haven, I was the head coach at Syracuse. We visited a great deal. We'd go down to Wooster Street and eat pizza. You know, we loved pizza, the same spots, New Haven, Connecticut. We had a lot in common, you know. We had a lot in common and he was a heck of a guy and I really appreciated the opportunity to go to Miami with him. It was a very, very sad day."