Football Takes a Backseat

Russell WightAnalyst IOctober 9, 2009

CINCINNATI - 2008:  Mike Zimmer of the Cincinnati Bengals poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Getty Images)

The Bengals have announced that Vikki Zimmer, wife of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, passed away on Thursday.  There was no mention as to what caused the death of Mrs. Zimmer.

Team owner Mike Brown said, "We are stunned and saddened to learn of Vikki's passing.  She was a warm and popular person in the Bengals family, and our immense respect and affection for Mike makes this especially hard.  Our hearts go out to Mike and his family."

When you spend as much time together as athletes and coaches do, you become very close.  This tragedy will weigh heavily on the hearts of every member of the Bengals family.

It is not known whether or not Zimmer will coach on Sunday when the Bengals play the Ravens in Baltimore.

Losing a friend or family member is a very difficult thing to deal with.  I cannot begin to imagine what it would be like to lose my wife.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Zimmer and his family.