Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer sent a final farewell to the city of Cincinnati on Tuesday with a letter published in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
To Bengals Fans,
For the past six years I have made Cincinnati my home. I have come to love the area, the people and the city. It truly is a fantastic place with unbelievably caring people.
I was very fortunate to work with so many outstanding people at paul Bworn Stadium. Coaches, especially Marvin, and the defensive staff- Jay, David, Paul and Mark—to ownership – Mike, Katie, Troy and Paul – and everyone behind the scenes that does such an outstanding job to make the Bengals a winner.
In the time I was there we have climbed to the top of the AFC North division. We have become one of the better defensive teams in the NFL and we hopefull have become a team that the fans are proud to watch. The fans have been unbelievable to me. They are passionate and respectful. You have made my time in Cincinnati very special. THANK YOU. I will never forget the respect that you gave myself and my family.
To the players, past and present, it was truly an honor to coach you. I tried to give you my very best each day. You should be proud of what this franchise has become. You have my ultimate respect and my goal was to make each of you better than when you walked in. I hope I did. You are family to me. We proved a lot of people wrong, didn't we? I loved watching you play on Sundays, and we always fought through the tough times. I am so proud to have been your coach. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you will always be part of my life.
All my best and thanks for everything.