From the Buccaneers Communications Department:
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Friday the hire of Bobby Slater as the team’s head athletic trainer. Slater takes over direction of Tampa Bay’s medical program and training staff following former director Todd Toriscelli’s departure to the Tennessee Titans.
“We would like to thank Todd for his extensive service to the Buccaneers organization over the past 17 years,” said Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht. “We are also excited to welcome Bobby as our new head athletic trainer. I was first introduced to Bobby back in 1995 when we were both with the Miami Dolphins and I have followed his career over the years. Bobby brings with him a wealth of experience working with and treating NFL players over the past 15 years and we are excited to have him heading up our medical team moving forward.”
Slater joins the Buccaneers following 15 years with the Chicago Bears, most recently serving as assistant head athletic trainer/director of rehabilitation in 2013, where he oversaw player training regimes and developed rehabilitation plans for all injured players.
“I was fortunate to spend a few years here in Tampa with Todd during my first stint with the Buccaneers and I know he is a true professional and a very well-respected member of the league’s medical community. I wish him all the best in his new role with the Titans,” said Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith. “I also believe we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to bring Bobby here to work with our players. I have a deep respect for the work Bobby did during my time with him at the Bears. I witnessed first-hand his expertise and attention to detail in working with the players and I know he will provide our Buccaneers players with great medical care.”
Slater began his career with Chicago in 1999 as an athletic trainer before being promoted to director of rehabilitation in 2002. He has been part of four division championship teams (NFC Central, 2001; NFC North, 2005-06, 2010), as well as serving during the team’s berth in Super Bowl XLI.
While working with the Bears, Slater aided in the preventative care and injury rehabilitation of numerous players, helping lead to 24 individual Pro Bowlers and 50 combined Pro Bowl selections, including eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher, who missed seven games to injury in 2004 before bouncing back and earning NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2005. Urlacher also spent the 2009 season on injured reserve with a wrist injury, but through rehabilitation was able to return and put forth a Pro Bowl season in 2010.
Slater first worked with the Bears as a training camp intern in 1994, after which he served in the same capacity with the Miami Dolphins in 1995 before returning as a camp intern with Chicago in 1998.
From 1997-99, Slater worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Mississippi State. He was also an athletic trainer at Lee Memorial Hospital (1997) and A. Kagan Orthopedics in Ft. Myers, Fla. (1995-97).
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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