Fred Zamberletti Honored By University Of Iowa

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 16, 2011 – 8:08 am

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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10 Responses to “Fred Zamberletti Honored By University Of Iowa”

  1. By Frederick Jones on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    Freddie was steady. Let’s remember him for 1000+ games he was there to help the Vikings.


  2. By CA Norwegian on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    I remember wishing they would put out a scrambler QB on that last Viking offensive play in the 09 nfc championship where it was 3rd and a 50+ yard fg to seal the deal, with Brett limping around. We could have bought a little time with some feet, and got some plus yards like Vick and Webb do, or gotten a high percentage pass and YAC. I remember the 09 season for the whole crew. It was the team: D, Lewis, Rice, Shiancoe, Harvin, Peterson, Taylor, BB, Blocking, and Favre’s Health that made that seaon possible. I Remember the D kept handing us more chances. We were behind in Cleveland at the half (Browns in 09?). Training camp was for the whole team to sync & gell, not to ensure Brett knew what to do. Our team should have been better both years.

  3. By CA Norwegian on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    Congratulations and Thanks Fred!

    If we have a camp this year let us hope our guy we go with is there. But I hope they can use Webb in other positions, like Cordel Stuart was used. They did say they were going to convert him to WR when they drafted him. Even if he is not the way the team wants to go at QB, he can make things happen.

  4. By Frederick Jones on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply


    Joe Webb could possibly become a great quarterback.

    The word on the street is that the Vikings (and several other teams) will be searching for a veteran qb that they can win with right away. Don McNabb is only 35, and if the pieces are together (i e Offensive Line) he may be willing to come to the Vikings.

  5. By Frederick Jones on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    Who was that masked marvel who said,

    “The wide receivers have to get open, or the Offensive LIne will have to hold their blocks too long. Learn how football works!”

    I still can’t believe he said that ! ! !

    Beware of guys that think it’s like playing 4 on 4 touch football in the back yard. They don’t usually last long on this blog.

  6. By Travish88 on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats Fred!!!! I’ve always looked up to you since your from my hometown of Melcher Iowa. Hopefully someday I’ll get to meet you when you come back home or at a game. I’d love to hear some of your old Vikings stories.

  7. By Titus on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    That is a consecutive streak to be proud of– 50 years of not missing a game. How many of us can say we never missed a day of work in half a century. Albeit, he may have missed a practice, but still, what an accomplishment– a solid rock behind the Vikings organization.

  8. By Titus on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    But what does it mean– a man of deep faith– Mike could you elaborate?

  9. By Parody on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    Titus – if you had a job with the Vikings, would you ever miss a game? I know I wouldn’t.

  10. By Titus on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    Good point Parody, but 50 years is still impressive.

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