The Minnesota Vikings will do something for the first time in franchise history today. They’ll play a game without legendary former athletic trainer Fred Zamberletti in attendance.
Zamberletti, who was the team’s trainer from the very beginning of the franchise in 1961 and remains with the club as a consultant and team historian, had never missed a preseason, regular season or postseason game in team history, a streak of 1,049 games up until today. He had to remain home because of an illness, but we know he’ll be back with the club in no time.
Zamberletti is a member of the Vikings Ring of Honor and is a voice of reason and wisdom within the organization. During his long tenure with the team, Zamberletti has earned the respect and admiration of players, staff and fans. In fact, over 100 alumni showed up to celebrate with him at the Metrodome when the team held “Fred Zamberletti Day” in 1998.
This trip has not been the same without you, Freddy. We’re all thinking of you on this day and we look forward to seeing you when we get back home.
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