Trainer leaving Redskins after 32 years

Updated: July 31, 2003, 8:02 PM ET

ASHBURN, Va. -- With one day left in his career, Washington Redskins trainer Bubba Tyer was wondering what retirement would be like.

After 32 years with the team, the last remaining link to the Over the Hill Gang and the Super Bowl glory years is retiring.

"I don't know how I'm going to handle those Sunday mornings at home," Tyer said. "I may be hard to live with."

The 61-year-old Tyer leaves Friday with decades of memories from 25 years as the team's trainer. He's worked with strong personalities -- George Allen, Edward Bennett Williams, Jack Kent Cooke, Dan Snyder -- and persevered.

"Anybody that has worked 33, 34 years with the same organization is a wonderful person," coach Steve Spurrier said. "He's just one of those good guys in this world. No ego about him. He's just here to help other people."

Tyer was a part of five Super Bowls, including three wins under Joe Gibbs. In an age when some teams treat injury details like state secrets, Tyer was always open and accessible -- although he would sometimes conveniently forget whether it was "left" or "right" when discussing a knee or ankle injury.

He's also seen the NFL grow with year-round minicamps and workouts.

"I used to tell people that part of my job was to play racquetball with the players to keep them busy and active in the offseason," Tyer said. "And nowadays you don't have time to play -- unless you're playing with the owner."

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