Cowboys athletic trainer Jim Maurer honored as best in NFL

INDIANAPOLIS -- Dallas Cowboys athletic trainer Jim Maurer was named the winner of the Fain-Cain Memorial Award as the 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,” said the Cowboys' head team physician, Dr. Daniel Cooper, who presented the award on behalf of the NFL Physicians Society. “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.”

Maurer joined the Cowboys in 1990 and has been their head athletic trainer since 1997.

He has long been one of the most respected athletic trainers in the NFL. He serves on the NFL combine advisory board and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society assistant athletic trainer awards committee.

The Fain-Cain Award is named for former Houston Oilers team physicians, Dr. Thomas E. Cain and Dr. Robert H. Fain. The award has been given annually since 1998 to an NFL athletic trainer who best reflects the virtues of a certified athletic trainer and displays the highest level of professionalism.