‘I’ve been watching football for 50 years’: NFL’s Mike Zimmer on retiring as Vikings coach

Mike Zimmer has retired as the Minnesota Vikings coach, becoming the third coach to leave the franchise since the team’s NFL inception in 1992.

Zimmer, who is 81, was hired as the Vikings’ first head coach in 1994, succeeding Leslie Frazier in 2017.

In his five seasons as the head coach, Zimmer has guided the Vikings to three playoff appearances, two NFC South titles and one NFC North title.

He was named the NFL’s Coach of the Year in 2018 and has a 49-30 record in four seasons with the Vikings.

Zimmer had been the Vikings coach since 1993, and was named NFL coach of the year in 2014 after leading the team to the Super Bowl and a playoff berth in the NFC.

The Vikings were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs that season, and in Zimmer’s first season in Minnesota, they lost to the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs.

After his second season with the Minnesota Saints, Zimmer was fired by the team on Jan. 7, 2020, after a 10-23 season.

Following his firing, Zimmer, who was the Vikings head coach for 11 seasons, announced his retirement from coaching.