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Minnesota Vikings head football coach Mike Zimmer watches his team take on the St. Louis Rams in the fourth quarter at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on September 7, 2014. Minnesota won the game 34-6. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
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Mike Zimmer (born June 5, 1956 in Peoria, Illinois) is the Defensive Coordinator for the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals. He is the son of former NFL player Bill Zimmer.

In high school, Zimmer was a successful multi-sport athlete who earned all-conference honors in football (1972-73), baseball, and wrestling at Lockport Township High School. He enrolled at Illinois State University with a major in physical education and played as a quarterback (1974) before being redshirted (1975) and moved to linebacker after suffering a broken thumb (1976). A neck injury ended his football career that year.

His first coaching job was as a part-time defensive assistant at the University of Missouri (1979-80). He then went to Weber State College, where he was the inside linebackers coach (1981-84), defensive backs coach (1985-88), and defensive coordinator (1983-88). He then went to Washington State University (1989-93) as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach. In 1993, the Cougars finished eighth in the nation in total defense and second in rushing defense.

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