James Gandolfini: Jersey sports fan
Late Sopranos actor supported New York Jets, Rutgers football
Actor James Gandolfini, best known for his iconic role as conflicted mobster Tony Soprano on the seminal HBO TV series The Sopranos, died of a heart attack Wednesday while vacationing in Italy. He was 51.
The New Jersey born and bred actor was also a sports fan, sometimes spotted at games in the Jersey area — New York Jets, New York Rangers, Rutgers football — and beyond, like Game 4 of last year’s Stanley Cup final in Los Angeles.
After news of Gandolfini's death surfaced, the Jets tweeted: "We're deeply saddened to hear about the passing of our friend James Gandolfini. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family & friends." His alma mater tweeted: "Rutgers remembers one of its own: 'Sopranos' star and legendary actor James Gandolfini."
As a tribute to Gandolfini, we visit a few of Tony Soprano's brushes with the sports world.
Tony bumps into then Jets coach Eric "The Mangenius" Mangini at his favourite restaurant:
Tony cheers son AJ’s fumble recovery:
Tony roots for daughter Meadow’s soccer team (some explicit language):