Actor James Gandolfini, best known for his portrayal of Tony Soprano in the highly acclaimed and incredibly popular HBO series "The Sopranos", passed away Wednesday in Italy, sending the world into a state of shock.
Thousands of fellow actors and celebrities took to social networks to express their grief and condolances for Gandolfini's passing, but as an avid sports fan, teams that the Emmy Award-winning actor supported also shared thoughts on his death.
Gandolfini graduated from Rutgers in 1983 with a degree in Communications and remained very supportive of both the football program and the University.
In 2004, Gandolfini was honored as an inductee to Rutgers' Hall of Distinguished Alumni and according to several press sources, filmed a commercial with then-head coach Greg Schiano. (Due to the length of time that has passed, the commercial is no longer on the Scarlet Knights' site)
Now the head coach of the Bucs, Schiano also gave a statement on Gandolfini's death via the Buccaneers twitter account:
"I am sad to hear of the passing of Jim Gandolfini, He was a great supporter of Rutgers Football long before it was fashionable to do so. His generosity in helping us lent relevance to our football program at a time when it was desperately needed. In addition to his acting acclaim, he will be remembered by all Rutgers people as a compassionate alum and a great New Jerseyian."