Article reposted from Arizona Cardinals
There is little question that teams consider the medical part of the Scouting combine the most important. So it always makes sense to me that PFATS — the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society — gives out awards to their members during this week. A few years ago, it was Jim “Machine” Shearer. Then there was an alumni award for longtime Cardinals athletic trainer John Omohundro.
This week, Jeff Herndon (right in the picture below, along with head athletic trainer Tom Reed) received the same award as Machine had: The Tim Davey NFC assistant trainer of the year award (Shearer had actually won the NFC’s initial award in 2011.) Herndon has been with the Cardinals full-time since 1986, making 2017 his 32nd season with the club. As with all those guys downstairs who toil in virtual anonymity, Herndon isn’t going to crow about his honor, but he’s deserving — one of the best in the business. He has to be, really, to have lasted 32 seasons.