Cowboys’ Jim Maurer Named Outstanding NFL Athletic Trainer of the Year

Mar 02, 2017

Cowboys’ Jim Maurer Named Outstanding NFL Athletic Trainer of the Year

NFL Physicians Society Bestows Maurer with Fain-Cain Award


Indianapolis, Indiana, March 2, 2017 – The NFL Physicians Society (NFLPS) held its annual Scientific Meeting and Symposium during the NFL Scouting Combine and hosted an awards ceremony where it honored Jim Maurer of the Dallas Cowboys with the Fain-Cain Memorial Award for Outstanding NFL Athletic Trainer of the Year.


“Our head athletic trainer, Jim Maurer, is an unwavering constant of professionalism in his commitment to the care of his athletes. Win or lose, there’s no difference. It’s always about his player. It’s never ever about Jim. Just this once we make an exception to that rule and honor Jim for a career that exemplifies the virtues and professionalism representative of the ideal athletic trainer. Congratulations, Jim,” said Dr. Daniel E. Cooper, head team physician for the Dallas Cowboys, who presented the award to him on behalf of the NFLPS.


Maurer has served as an athletic trainer in the NFL for 26 years. He started as the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Cowboys in 1990, and became the Head Athletic Trainer in 1997. In addition to his work with the Dallas Cowboys, Maurer serves on the NFL Combine Advisory Board and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society Assistant Athletic Trainer Awards Committee. He previously served as the PFATS Executive Board NFL Head Athletic Trainer Representative from 2001-2009.


The Fain-Cain Award is named for Dr. Thomas E. Cain, M.D., and Dr. Robert H. Fain, M.D., both long-time team physicians for the Houston Oilers. The award was established shortly after Dr. Cain’s death and Dr. Fain’s retirement. The award is given annually to an NFL athletic trainer who best reflects the virtues of a certified athletic trainer and displays the highest level of professionalism.


Last year’s winner was Ryan Vermillion of the Carolina Panthers. A full list of previous winners can be found here.