Saturday, January 17, 2009
Longtime trainer Bubba Tyer has retired after 37 seasons with the Washington Redskins, the team announced yesterday. Tyer, who served as the director of sports medicine the past five years, joined the training staff in 1971.
"No one has given more to the Redskins than Bubba. More time, more help, more support, and more love," owner Daniel Snyder said in a statement. "He has been a friend to me and to countless others."
Tyer said: "I am proud to have been a part of so many great accomplishments through the years. I just want to thank both the Snyder and Cooke families for all they have done for me and my family."
Tyer first worked under Coach George Allen and was inducted into the team's ring of fame in 2003, when he first retired before coming back to rejoin Coach Joe Gibbs in 2004. Tyer was named the NFL's trainer of the year in 2000.
The rest of Washington's training staff remains the same, with no additions planned, according to the team. John Burrell has served as the head athletic trainer for the past five seasons.
-- Jason La Canfora