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Zimmer recalls Super Bowl memories

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Mike Zimmer was in his second year as a coach with the Dallas Cowboys when they won Super Bowl XXX over Pittsburgh. 

Zimmer was the defensive backs coach with Dallas in 1995 as the Cowboys won their third championship in four seasons.

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Vikings Head Coach, Zimmer, who just completed his second season as Vikings head coach, has been on a mission for his next ring ever since.

Zimmer spoke with "Voice of the Vikings" Paul Allen on KFAN 100.3-FM on Monday morning about his Super Bowl memories.

"I probably thought we'd have a couple more opportunities there as we moved forward," Zimmer said of his time in Dallas. "But it's a lot harder than you think."

He later added: "I've got to get a few more of these things somehow, some way."

Zimmer said the elation that comes from winning the big prize is unparalleled.

"A lot of your family comes down on the field," Zimmer said. "It's a heck of a celebration. I know when we won in Dallas that (Cowboys owner) Jerry (Jones) had a huge Super Bowl party … the party goes on pretty much all night.

"It's an awful big achievement to be able to get all of that done," he added. "You kind of live through the one moment all night."

Zimmer said one his favorite memories was getting his Super Bowl ring at a banquet. Everyone was served a dinner plate with a lid on top as the rings were in a box.

Zimmer also recalled the jubilation of the parade, which Zimmer and the Cowboys rode through in downtown Dallas.

"There's tons and tons of people flooding the streets," Zimmer said. "Everybody is in a great mood and everybody is happy. The city is extremely excited when that happens."

Zimmer said the buzz that comes from winning the Super Bowl wears off over time. The third-year Minnesota coach said he's hungry to bring a championship to the Twin Cities.

"The first couple years after we won the Super Bowl, you really didn't want to watch it because you always wanted to be there," Zimmer said.

"The longer it goes, the more you forget about it I guess," Zimmer added. "I don't wear my ring very much."

Zimmer did have a connection to a more recent Super Bowl as his son, Adam, was a coach with New Orleans when the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV.

Zimmer recently spent some time at his ranch in Kentucky but returned to Winter Park this week ready to get started on the upcoming season.

He said Vikings coaches and personnel got a good look at draft-eligible players last week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

"I do think there's some good players coming out this year in the draft," Zimmer said. "There's a lot of underclassmen coming out which tends to add to the depth of the draft.

"It looks like there's a few guys in here that have a chance to help us, especially with where we're picking."

Zimmer also said he wants the Vikings to build off a 2015 season that saw them go 11-5 and win the NFC North for the first time since 2009.

The Vikings lost 10-9 to Seattle in the Wild Card round after Minnesota had a chance to take the lead on a late field goal.

"I don't know if I'm over it," Zimmer said. "Not so much the kick, but the loss. The season comes to a finality so quickly. When something like that happens, you think that if we hit that kick or finish that game then we're going to Arizona and who knows what happens there.

"Honestly, I just appreciate how hard our football team worked, and I hope the fans did, too," he added.

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