Reaction to Kill retiring

“It’s disappointing to have another great coach that you respect ... retire. But in the same token, I’m glad that he had the fortitude to be able to do it when he’s ready to do it or needed to do it. We’re all going to miss him in the Twin Cities, and I’m sure all the U-M faithful will miss him as well. He’s an awful good football coach.”

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer

 

“Sad 2 hear Coach Jerry Kill is retiring. The knowledge he’s imparted & lives he’s touched won’t ever be forgotten.”

NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald on Twitter

 

“Heartbroken for Coach Kill — A great man, a great leader for the University of Minnesota, and a great representative for our school & state.”

Gophers hockey coach Don Lucia on Twitter

“I’m deeply saddened by Coach Kill’s resignation. I thank him for his leadership in rebuilding the University of Minnesota’s football program. All Minnesotans join me in wishing the Coach and his family many years of continuing success and fulfillment.”

Gov. Mark Dayton in a statement

 

“Jerry Kill will always be more than a football coach to me. He made me a better person. I love that man from the bottom of my heart.”

Punter Peter Mortell on Twitter

 

“I wish Jerry Kill all the best. I always appreciated how he followed and cheered on our program and department. He is a great man!

Gophers women’s hockey coach Brad Frost on Twitter

“One of the greatest men I’ve ever met. Love you coach! Coaching or not, I know you will continue touching lives!”

Former Gopher Cedric Thompson on Twitter

 

“Coach Kill was more than a coach. He believed in me and gave me an opportunity to get to where I am today. Love you coach.”

Former Gopher, current Baltimore Raven Maxx Williams on Twitter

 

“Jerry Kill was one of my high school coaches ... Our profession lost one of the finest men in the game with Coach Kill.”

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy on Twitter

 

“Behind every good player is a great coach. Coach Kill is the toughest man I know.”

Gophers tight end Lincoln Plsek on Twitter