Former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has found a new job, but it’s not what many expected.
According to HBCUGameday.com, Zimmer has agreed to coach at Jackson State University, where he will work under former student Deion Sanders.
Zimmer coached Sanders as the defensive backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys until he left for the Washington Chiefs after the 1999 season. Sanders, a three-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowler, was under Zimmer’s watch, and the two formed a strong relationship to this day.
Zimmer responded to a phone call from Sanders at a press conference last November, and Sanders was one of the first to defend Zimmer after he was fired in January.He and general manager Rick Spielman had not spoken in recent months. His tenure.
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Sanders reportedly introduced Zimmer to the team on Tuesday afternoon, and the Tigers’ closest assistant offered some interesting thoughts on his new position.
“The pay is not good,” Zimmer said. But I love Dion and would do anything for him…. [Sanders] “It can open a lot of doors for these young people, but I’m amazed at the way he teaches them not only about football, but about life … caring for them and talking to them about the real things in the world and not the soft stuff.”
Sanders has led the Tigers to a 15-4 record in his first two seasons since taking over as Jackson State’s head coach in 2020. Last spring, cornerback Travis Hunter, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2022, dominated the recruiting trail.
While many thought Zimmer would land a job in the NFL, he appears to have landed on his feet. If he can teach the next set of shutdown corners his old-school tactics, Zimmer could lay the foundation for a return to the NFL down the road.