Around 200 people, including friends, family, co-workers and former players gathered at Triestch United Methodist Church on Tuesday to bid farewell to Coach Joe Avezzano, who passed away on April 5 while coaching in Italy.
The list of Cowboys present was long and predictably noteworthy, and included owner Jerry Jones, head coach Jason Garrett and former players Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Bill Bates, Russell Maryland and Darren Woodson, just to name a few.
Also on hand were assistant coaches Joe DeCamillis, Skip Peete and Chris Boniol. San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner, who coached with Avezzano in Dallas, was there as well.
Avezzano, who was 68, was eulogized by his son Tony, and “the voice of the Cowboys,” Brad Sham, according to ESPN Dallas.
Avezzano served as the Cowboys’ special teams coach from 1990 to 2002, helping Dallas to three Super Bowl Championships and earning a legion of fans in North Texas with a fiery sideline demeanor and a gregarious personality off the field.
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