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Joe Avezzano, the Cowboys' Beloved Former Special Teams Coach, is Dead at 68

There aren't many special teams coaches whose names or faces we recognize. But Joe Avezzano, who choreographed the Cowboys' kicking and return games from 1990 to 2002, was a memorable face and name. And now he's gone: Dead at 68, several outlets are reporting, after suffering a heart attack on a treadmill in Italy.

Avezzano, of course, was let go by the Cowboys when Bill Parcells took over the team's football operations. He had done some work in the media in recent years, along with running Coach Joe's Hat Tricks, a music venue in Lewisville. But he was in Italy doing what he'd done since the late-1960s: coaching.

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