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Mike Zimmer says goodbye to Cincinnati and Bengals fans

Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator had one thing left to do in Cincinnati. Say goodbye.

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, now the head coach for the Minnesota Vikings, offered one final goodbye to Bengals fans and players (via the Cincinnati Enquirer).

For the past six years I have made Cincinnati my home. I have come to love the area, the people and the city. It truly is a fantastic place with unbelievably caring people.

I was very fortunate to work with so many outstanding people at Paul Brown Stadium. Coaches, especially Marvin, and the defensive staff -- Jay, David, Paul and Mark -- to ownership -- Mike, Katie, Troy, and Paul -- and everyone behind the scenes that does such an outstanding job to make the Bengals a winner.

In the time I was there we have climbed to the top of the AFC North division. We have become one of the better defensive teams in the NFL and we hopefully have become a team that the fans are proud to watch. The fans have been unbelievable to me. They are passionate and respectful. You have made my time in Cincinnati very special. THANK YOU. I will never forget the respect that you gave myself and my family.

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