Jim Maurer, the Cowboys’ longtime head athletic trainer, has received the Fain-Cain Memorial Award from the NFL Physicians Society (NFLPS) recognizing the league’s Outstanding Athletic Trainer of the Year.
Maurer has spent 27 seasons in the Cowboys organization, including the last 21 as its head athletic trainer. He received the award Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine during the NFLPS annual Scientific Meeting and Symposium.
Established in 1998, the award is given to an NFL athletic trainer “who best reflects the virtues of a certified athletic trainer and displays the highest level of professionalism,” according to the NFLPS.
Dr. Daniel E. Cooper, the Cowboys’ head team physician, presented Maurer with the award on behalf of the NFLPS.
“Our head athletic trainer, Jim Maurer, is an unwavering constant of professionalism in his commitment to the care of his athletes,” Dr. Cooper said. “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.”