Zimmer comes from long line of football influences

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2014 - 12:54 AM

 

When they were with Dallas together, Mike Zimmer’s office was next door to Bill Parcells’. Head coach and assistant. Mentor and mentee. And it was a day-to-day process.

“So he’d come in and say, ‘Mike, [for] when you’re a head coach, write this down,’ ” Zimmer said Friday during a news conference at Winter Park introducing him as Vikings coach.

“It was like, daily, he’d tell me to write things down,” Zimmer continued. “He called me after I accepted the job here, and the first thing he said was, ‘Mike, get a pen! Write this down!’ He had three things for me to write down that day.”

Zimmer comes to the Vikings with a wealth of experience and a rather long list of influences. Friday, he also listed the likes of Barry Switzer, who won a Super Bowl with the Cowboys with Zimmer as an assistant; Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, his boss the past six years; and Mike Price, the coach at Washington State when Zimmer was an assistant there. Zimmer mentioned his father, Bill.

But atop the list was Parcells, who publicly endorsed Zimmer for the Vikings job.

“Bill, obviously, is a great, Hall of Fame coach,” Zimmer said. “He’s been a great mentor of mine.”

And he will continue in that role.

Zimmer said he plans on going to visit Parcells, where he will get advice on being a new head coach with a new team.

“I was with him for four years,” Zimmer said. “He was able to come in every day and talk to me. It seemed like every day he would come in and talk to me about what was going on. I felt like at the time he was always grooming me for this day.

“He kind of took me under his wing and mentored me, I guess. He lets his coaches coach and do their deal, but he tries to make everybody better that’s around him.”

We’ve got to ask. What three things did Parcells ask you to write down?

“I can’t tell you,” Zimmer said.

Family ties

Zimmer’s three children were in attendance at the news conference, and agreed he is a bit of a “redneck.”

“He drives a truck, loves to hunt,” said Adam Zimmer. “I think that goes back to his roots. He used to go hunting all the time in Illinois.”

His daughters were wearing purple, and Corri Zimmer said, “It was actually funny last night my dad took us out, and we were buying all this Vikings stuff. He said, ‘You guys switch teams so fast.’ We’re just excited. We’re his biggest fans wherever he is.”

Zimmer’s wife, Vikki, died unexpectedly of natural causes in October 2009. Mike Zimmer was asked what she would have thought about his being hired in Minnesota. “She would be real proud today,” he said, as his children looked on.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

NY Mets 4 FINAL
St. Louis 5
Pittsburgh 4 FINAL
Minnesota 2
St. Louis 1 FINAL
Washington 1
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 2 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 4
NY Yankees 10 FINAL
Philadelphia 0
Tampa Bay 0 Cancelled
Baltimore 0
Detroit 1 FINAL
Toronto 4
Chicago WSox 3 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 6
Texas 6 FINAL
Oakland 7
Cleveland 2 FINAL
Arizona 3
Arizona 7 FINAL
LA Angels 2
Miami 0 Cancelled
Houston 0
Seattle - LP: J. Paxton 1 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 5
San Francisco 8 FINAL
Los Angeles 4
Colorado 5 FINAL
San Diego 7
Milwaukee 8 FINAL
Cincinnati 6
Detroit 111 FINAL
Orlando 97
LA Clippers 119 FINAL
Philadelphia 98
Charlotte 107 FINAL
Washington 110
Boston 96 FINAL
New York 92
Cleveland 98 FINAL
Brooklyn 106
LA Lakers 83 FINAL
Toronto 94
Miami 86 FINAL
Atlanta 99
Golden State 107 FINAL
Memphis 84
Sacramento 88 FINAL
New Orleans 102
Minnesota 110 FINAL
Houston 120
Dallas 76 FINAL
San Antonio 94
Utah 91 FINAL
Denver 107
Portland 87 FINAL
Phoenix 81
Calgary 2 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Columbus 5 FINAL
Chicago 2
Dallas 0 FINAL
Edmonton 4
UCLA 62 FINAL
Gonzaga 74
NC State 65 FINAL
Louisville 75
Utah 57 FINAL
Duke 63
Kent State 73 FINAL
Northern Ariz 74
Michigan State 62 FINAL
Oklahoma 58
(15) North Carolina 65 FINAL
(3) South Carolina 67
(18) Iowa 66 FINAL
(5) Baylor 81
(9) Arizona State 65 FINAL
(7) Florida State 66
(14) Stanford 60 FINAL
(2) Notre Dame 81

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Will Major League Soccer be successful in Minnesota?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close