Longtime Vikings trainer misses 1st game in 50 yrs

It took 50 years for the Minnesota Vikings to finally play a

game without Fred Zamberletti.

The longtime Vikings trainer missed Saturday’s game against the

Washington Redskins with an illness. It’s the first game in Vikings

franchise history that Zamberletti has missed. His streak ends at

1,049, including preseason, regular season and playoffs.

He was the trainer from the franchise’s inception in 1961 until

1998. He is now a consultant and team historian.

Team spokesman Jeff Anderson says Zamberletti was feeling better

Saturday morning and considered catching a flight to the game, but

the 79-year-old member of the team’s Ring of Honor stayed home.