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FAIN CAIN MEMORIAL AWARD

Fain Cain Memorial Award for Outstanding NFL Athletic Trainer of the Year

The Fain-Cain award is named for Dr. Thomas E. Cain and Dr. Robert H. Fain, both long time team physicians for the old Houston Oilers. The award was established shortly after Dr. Cain's death and Dr. Fain's retirement. Both physicians exhibited long term commitments to the NFL and exemplary performances. The award is given annually to an NFL athletic trainer who manifests these traits. This award is sponsored by the NFL Physician’s Society and is presented to the PFATS member who best reflects the virtues of a certified athletic trainer and displays the highest level of professionalism. This award is given annually at the NFL Team Physicians Scientific Meeting and Symposia in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine.

Cincinnati Bengals Head Athletic Trainer Paul Sparling during his acceptance speech after receiving the Fain-Cain Award at the 2020 Combine

Previous Winners

  • 2020 - Paul Sparling, Cincinnati Bengals
  • 2019 - Jim Whalen, New England Patriots
  • 2018 - Dave Hammer, Indianapolis Colts
  • 2017 - Jim Maurer, Dallas Cowboys
  • 2016 - Ryan Vermillion, Carolina Panthers
  • 2015 - John Norwig, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 2014 - Kevin O'Neill, Miami Dolphins
  • 2013 - Pepper Burruss, Green Bay Packers
  • 2012 - Rod Martin, Oakland Raiders
  • 2011 - Steve Antonopulos, Denver Broncos
  • 2010 - Bill Tessendorf, Baltimore Ravens
  • 2009 - Hunter Smith, Indianapolis Colts
  • 2008 - John Omohundro, Arizona Cardinals
  • 2007 - Ron O'Neil, New England Patriots | Dave Kendall, Kansas City Chiefs
  • 2006 - Scottie Patton, Kevin Mangum, Duane Brooks New Orleans Saints
  • 2005 Lindsy McLean, San Francisco 49ers
  • 2004 - Bubba Tyer, Washington Redskins
  • 2003 - Ronnie Barnes, New York Football Giants
  • 2002 - Jim Whitesel, Seattle Seahawks
  • 2001 - Dean Kleinschmidt, New Orleans Saints
  • 2000 - Kent Falb, Detroit Lions
  • 1999 - Fred Zamberletti, Minnesota Vikings
  • 1998 - Jerry Rhea, Atlanta Falcons