Tragedy has struck the NFL on multiple occasions in 2021. Just last week, former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel passed away. Now unfortunately, the Minnesota Vikings are the ones who have been impacted by the loss of a head coach.
This one slipped under the radar, but earlier last month, former Minnesota Vikings head coach Jerry Burns passed away at the age of 94.
He was the head coach for the Iowa Hawkeyes from 1961 to 1965, compiling a record of 16–27–2, and for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League from 1986 to 1991, tallying a mark of 52–43 in the regular season, and 3–3 in the postseason.
Between his head coaching stints Burns was a defensive assistant (1965–1967) for the Green Bay Packers, helping the team win Super Bowls I and II, and Offensive Coordinator (1968–1985) for the Minnesota Vikings, where he coached the team to four Super Bowl appearances.
The Wilf family who owns the Minnesota Vikings had the following to say on Burn’s passing:
In other NFL news, current Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer commented on Irv Smith RJ’s place on the team after ten year mainstay tight end Kyle Rudolph left the team recently. They certainly were not the most reassuring words in the world for Smitb.