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Zimmer, Spielman shaped by football families

Mike Zimmer (Hannah Foslien/Getty)

Rick Spielman found he had a lot in common with Mike Zimmer, both growing up around football and being immersed in the sport from their fathers. It helped create a bond between the new head coach and the general manager that was instrumental in hiring him.

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman had a lot of reasons to consider Mike Zimmer as the ninth coach in franchise history. One of those reasons was the connection he and Zimmer felt – both growing up with football passed down from their fathers. Rick and Chris Spielman, a former star linebacker for the Detroit Lions, grew up hearing about football from their dad. Zimmer grew up...

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