Zimmer’s father, Bill, died at the age of 84 last Tuesday, according to ESPN. Bill Zimmer coached Mike Zimmer in football and wrestling as a child, setting a foundation in athletics that the Vikings coach still leans on to this day.
"My dad was very, very proud of me. I know that; he has told me that many times," Zimmer said, via ESPN. "I think my brother (Bill) said at the funeral yesterday, one of the lines was that he never bragged about himself, but if the air conditioner repairman was there, within one minute he was telling him, ‘My son is the head coach of the Vikings.’"
Zimmer’s loss could serve as a motivating factor for the Vikings this season.