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R.I.P. Foge Fazio

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Foge Fazio, perhaps most well-known for being the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings during the 1998 season where the team went 15-1, lost his battle with leukemia on Wednesday night at the age of 71.

Fazio was Minnesota's defensive coordinator from 1996 to 1998, and was also the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns in 2001 and 2002.  Prior to that, he held numerous other coaching jobs, including the head coaching position at the University of Pittsburgh from 1982 to 1984.  He also served as the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame under Lou Holtz, and was also an assistant coach for the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, and New York Jets.

Fazio had officially retired from the league after the 2002 season, but was brought back by the Vikings as a defensive consultant in 2005, the last year of the Mike Tice era.

We offer our condolences to the Fazio family.