Adam Zimmer, who spent 17 seasons as an NFL assistant coach and was the son of former Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, passed away on Monday at the age of 38.
Mike’s daughter and Adam’s sister, Corri Zimmer White, verified the information on Instagram on Tuesday morning. The reason of death was not disclosed.
When his father was appointed head coach of the Vikings in 2014, Adam Zimmer joined the coaching staff. After six seasons as the linebackers coach, he was elevated to co-defensive coordinator in 2020. After the 2021 season, he was dismissed along with his father and the bulk of the coaching staff.
The ownership of the Vikings released a statement saying, “We are sorry to learn of the loss of Adam Zimmer. “Adam was a nice, respectable person who clearly cared a great deal about his family, his players, his colleagues coaches, and the Vikings front office staff throughout his time in Minnesota. Mike, Corri, Marki, and the entire Zimmer family are in our prayers.”
Rick Spielman, a former Vikings general manager, also released a statement “Coach Zimmer and his family are in my thoughts and prayers. Adam was a fantastic instructor and human being. Truly, he will be missed.”
On social media, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins expressed his “deep sadness” at the news and praised Adam Zimmer as a “tremendous coach & guy.”
As an assistant linebackers coach for the New Orleans Saints in 2006, Zimmer started his coaching career. From 2010 through 2012, he worked in a similar capacity with the Kansas City Chiefs. Before coming with him to the Vikings, he worked alongside his father with the Cincinnati Bengals as an assistant defensive backs coach in 2013, during Mike Zimmer’s final year there as the defensive coordinator.
Adam Zimmer most recently served as an offensive analyst with the Bengals.
“For fifteen years, the Zimmer family has been a delight to know and work with for our company. We have the utmost respect for Mike and Adam, and the unfortunate news has us very grieved “In a statement, Bengals president Mike Brown stated.
“For us, Mike and Adam served as friends as much as coaches. We are now praying for and thinking of the Zimmer family.”
The Saints issued a statement saying, “We cherished good recollections of Adam from the four years he served with our organisation.” “Adam was well-informed, diligent, loved by everyone he encountered, and eager. He greatly improved as a coach while working with the Saints.”
Zimmer White commented on Instagram about the 2009 untimely passing of the family’s matriarch Vikki Zimmer.
“One of my closest friends was my brother, she said, especially when my mother passed away and we grew even closer. He was consistently there for me and the first person to arrive and volunteer at events for my organisation.”
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