Fred Zamberletti is a true asset and source of pride for the Minnesota Vikings. He’s been with the organization since the team’s inception into the NFL, serving as Head Trainer from 1961-1998, Coordinator of Medical Services from 1999-2001 and in his current role as Senior Consultant since 2002.
Amazingly, Zamberletti has not missed a single game in the 50-year history of the Vikings, a stretch of 1,031 contests that includes all preseason, regular season and postseason contests. He’s earned the respect of coaches, players and co-workers over his time with the Vikings and has served as a mentor for a countless number of individuals along the way, even still to this day.
As great an asset as he’s been for the Vikings family, Zamberletti has made a difference in other places, too. He’s a Melcher, IA native and a product of the University of Iowa. Recently, Zamberletti was honored by the University as part of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards.
Zamberletti is a successful entrepreneur, was a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Infantry, served as chief physical therapist at Hibbing General Hospital in 1959, was the head athletic trainer at Toledo in 1960 and then joined the Vikings in 1961. In addition to numerous professional awards, Zamberletti was inducted into the Minnesota Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame, was chosen Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1986 by the Drackett Company of Cincinnati, helped earn the 1996 NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year award with his staff, received the 1999 Cain Fain Award at the NFL Physicians Sports Sciences Symposium and is an Honorary Fellow of the Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center.
A man of deep faith with a heart of gold, Zamberletti was also recognized as an Honorary Ambassador of the State of Minnesota and he’s also received Minneapolis’ Honorary Citizen Award.
As accomplished and honored as Zamberletti is, you’d never know it by speaking with him. He’d be embarrassed to see this write-up, was actually astonished the University of Iowa was honoring him and cares more about the Vikings than anyone I know.
Congratulations on this latest honor, Freddy!
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