Tonight, Machine says goodbye. It only makes sense to say goodbye to him.
Machine is Jim Shearer, the long-time assistant athletic trainer for the Cardinals. And when I say long-time, I mean long — this is his 40th year with the franchise. But that’s coming to an end. Shearer is working the game for the Cardinals against the Seahawks. Friday, Shearer will be retired. I went to go ask Machine if I could get an interview, you know, just to write up a little story.
Just a couple questions?
I expected as much. The last thing Machine is ever looking for is attention. So I decided to get a couple quotes from someone who has spent a decade around Machine: Larry Fitzgerald.
“I’m going to miss him personally,” Fitzgerald said. “I spent a lot of time with Machine as a rookie. I sprained my ankle in my first game in the preseason, and essentially, we spent every day together for three weeks. That’s how the relationship started, which turned into a friendship. I love Machine. He’s a special human being, as is his wife, unbelievable family. I am happy he is going to be able to retire and enjoy his kids and wife and be able to travel. But he’s going to be sorely missed. I’m going to miss joking with him and shooting the (stuff) with him in the training room too.”
I asked Fitz if Machine ever gave him grief. Aside from his job, Machine was always really good with that.
“If Machine is giving you (grief), that means he cares about you. He likes you,” Fitzgerald said. “If he doesn’t talk to you, that means he doesn’t have any love for you at all. I’ve seen that too. He’s always busting my stones every since I got here.”
I can second that. (Oh how I wish I could relay my best Machine anecdote on that subject. Alas, I cannot.) Machine is the best, and not having him around is definitely going to change the vibe. Good luck in the next part of your life, Machine.
Oh, the nickname Machine? It has to do with his expertise at taping players. The story behind Shearer’s nickname is right here.
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