Tributes Pour In for Adam Zimmer

Former Minnesota Vikings co-defensive coordinator Adam Zimmer passed away on Monday at the age of 38. Adam was the son of Mike Zimmer, who coached the Vikings for eight seasons.

A cause of death has not been released.

Zimmer worked for the Vikings during the entirety of his father’s tenure, serving as linebackers coach from 2014 to 2019 and co-defense coordinator with Andre Patterson in 2020 and 2021.

Adam Zimmer Dies at Age 38
Jan 19, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; West head coach Adam Zimmer. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports.

He also coached in various capacities for the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, and Cincinnati Bengals. Zimmer even won a Super Bowl with the Saints in 2009.

Following his death, tributes poured in paying homage to the 38-year-old.

Sean Payton, who won the aforementioned Super Bowl with Zimmer, tweeted this:

From coworker Kyle Caskey:

The Vikings official statement:

George Iloka, who played for the Bengals and Vikings:

Broadcaster Laura Okmin:

Former Vikings linebacker Ben Leber:

The Saints:

The Bengals tweeted, “Our organization has had the privilege of knowing and working with the Zimmer family for 15 years. We have the highest regard for Mike and Adam, and we are incredibly saddened by this tragic news. Mike and Adam were more than just coaches for us — they were friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Zimmer family at this time.”

Coworker in Kanas City, Jim Nagy:

Ex-Viking Janarius Robinson:

ESPN’s Field Yates tweeted about Zimmer on Tuesday, “Adam Zimmer was a good man who lived for his family, faith, and football. He learned how to coach from his father and coached every day to honor the legacy of his mother, who was lost way too soon. He was a proud son, brother, and uncle.”

And the most important from Zimmer’s sister Corri:

Zimmer was an offensive analyst for the Bengals at the time of his death.

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Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).