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After five near-misses, Zimmer says he’s ready to lead Vikings

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By Chris Tomasson

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Mike Zimmer wondered if the day ever would come.

For 20 years, he had been one of the NFL’s most respected assistants. But he had come up short in five previous interviews to be a head coach.

Zimmer finally learned this week that at age 57 he would be the top man for the first time. On Friday, two days after he got the job, he was introduced at Winter Park as the ninth coach in the Vikings’ history.

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