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10 For 80: Bubba Tyer

Posted by Andrew Walker on July 13, 2012 – 9:52 am

Note: The Redskins Blog will be profiling several former players, coaches and team officials eligible to be voted by you, the fans, in this year’s Redskins 80th Anniversary celebration. To vote for Bubba Tyer or your 10 other all-timers to join the already-chosen list of the 70 Greatest Redskins, go to http://www.redskins80th.com/

He was just 11 years old when he was injured after his bicycle collided with a truck.

From that point on, Lamar “Bubba” Tyer was told he was never to play sports again.

Tyer’s misfortune, however, eventually turned into a treasure for the Washington Redskins: 38 years of dedicated service and medical assistance.

Tyer started his Redskins’ career in 1971 as an assistant trainer on George Allen’s staff, and by the time he retired in 2009, Tyer had acquired the title of Redskins’ director of sports medicine.

“We’ve had a bunch of good guys that really worked hard for you,” Tyer told the Redskins’ Blog in 2009. “My quote to my players is ‘Tough players make good trainers.’ I’ve worked with a bunch of tough players. I always had a good relationship with the coaches and the assistant coaches. I didn’t work for one coach that I didn’t really think the world of, so I’ve been very fortunate in that respect.”

Tyer’s career started out as equipment manager for his high school football team before working at the University of Texas with famous Longhorns trainer Frank Medina.

He then transferred to Lamar Tech (now Lamar University) where he graduated and then joined the Marines as a trainer for the Marine Corps varsity sports programs from 1968 to 1970.

Tyer was hired by the Redskins in 1971 and was named head trainer in 1976. In his time with the team, Tyer worked in an incredible 602 regular-season games and was a part of five Super Bowl appearances — three of which turned into titles for the Redskins.

Tyer also hasn’t escaped team and national praise. In 2000, he was recognized by the NFL as its “Super Athletic Trainer of the Year” and was given the Fain Cain Memorial Award as the NFL’s Outstanding Athletic Trainer by the NFL Physician’s Society.

In 2003, Tyer was inducted into the Redskins’ Ring of Fame at FedExField.

Upon Tyer’s retirement, Redskins’ owner Daniel M. Snyder said “No one has given more to the Redskins than Bubba — more time, more help, more support and more love.”

It is without a doubt that Tyer remains one of the most beloved Redskins’ staffers of all-time.

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4 Responses to “10 For 80: Bubba Tyer”

  1. By Carol Jean Hawthorne on Jul 18, 2012 | Reply

    We are so proud of Bubba and his accomplishments
    He has always been someone to be admired for his commitment to do
    the right things and his dedication to his family and his love of the Redskins.

    We wish him the best life has to offer.

    A lucky sister and Jack.

  2. By Riley Burnett on Jul 19, 2012 | Reply

    What a great Redskin.. We are all proud of our home town Bubba .

  3. By trevorthej on Jul 20, 2012 | Reply

    An icon. plain & simple

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