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Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Found Dead!

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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:

“Jerry Burns was one of the most important people we met when we came to Minnesota, and he was a foundation of this franchise,” Vikings owners the Wilf family said in a statement through the team

. “His leadership as a coordinator and head coach for over two decades shaped some of the most successful teams in Vikings history. His love of life, quick smile and sense of humor were what we will remember most. We join Vikings fans worldwide in sending our prayers to his family.”

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.

“Honestly, I don’t think it’s any bigger role for him whatsoever,” Zimmer said, per Will Ragatz of Sports Illustrated. “I think it’s a bigger role for Tyler Conklin. He’s kind of emerged as a guy that’s moving upward and with those two guys, we have a lot of weapons there. Irv always has been able to do what he’s been able to do whether Kyle was here or not. We’re excited about these two young tight ends that we have.”

Credit: Vikings Wire
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