From Division II to Dolphins, Sparano's rise impressive

In less than a decade, Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano has gone from relative obscurity to the highest level of professional football. But you wouldn't know it by watching how he conducts his everyday life, writes Matt Mosley.

Originally Published: July 10, 2008
By Matt Mosley | ESPN.com

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- It's 10:30 a.m. on a brilliant New England morning in late June, and 10 members of the Sparano family have been at the dining room table for at least two hours.

Ever since they arrived at Ellis Island from Italy in the 1800s, the Sparano men have been preparing lavish breakfasts. Today's spread features four different meats, scrambled eggs and a choice of chocolate chip or banana-nut pancakes.

For generations, important discussions have taken place at this ...

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