Parcells, Vikes' Zimmer Have Strong Bond

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Parcells, Vikes' Zimmer Have Strong Bond


Stapleton, Art, The Record (Bergen County, NJ)


Bill Parcells called Giants co-owner and team president John Mara the day after Parcells was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and expressed his adoration for the franchise.

"He'll always be a Giant, I believe," Mara told The Record on the eve of Parcells' induction in Canton three summers ago.

The Giants may still be No. 1 in Parcells' heart, but the Bergen County legend has become a fan of the Vikings and their head coach, Mike Zimmer.

Jokingly referred to in some Minnesota media circles as "the grandfather of the Vikings," Parcells has a strong connection to Zimmer, who has spoken a lot about the influence his coaching mentor has had on his career.

Zimmer and the Vikings (3-0) play host to the 2-1 Giants in Minnesota on Monday night.

"The things that he taught me when I coached for him, the way that he did things, the way that he had me do things, the way he had the staff do things," said Zimmer, who served as Parcells' defensive coordinator during their time together in Dallas.

Zimmer heard from Parcells three times in the 24 hours following Minnesota's 22-10 upset of Carolina last Sunday. …

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