Saying goodbye to Machine

Posted by Darren Urban on October 17, 2013 – 9:53 am

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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11 Responses to “Saying goodbye to Machine”

  1. By Rugbymuffin on Oct 17, 2013 | Reply



    My kind of guy.

    Happy retirement, enjoy it!

  2. By Ricardo cortes on Oct 17, 2013 | Reply


    What channel will the game be airing localy?…because I don’t think channel 15(abc) is doing It this year?

  3. By Darren Urban on Oct 17, 2013 | Reply

    Ricardo —

    RE: TV

    KUTP My 45.

  4. By joe holst on Oct 17, 2013 | Reply

    goodbye! I love those 70’s all white uniforms, can we have them for 1 game a year? Cards 30 Seahawks 21 tonight.

  5. By captain d on Oct 17, 2013 | Reply

    well take care and enjoy it

  6. By John The Draft Guy on Oct 17, 2013 | Reply


    Why the middle of the year? Why not finish the season and retire or retire before the season started?

    Just curious

  7. By Darren Urban on Oct 17, 2013 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Middle of the year

    Great question. Not sure if you noticed, Machine didn’t want to get into it. I think he just thought it was time.

  8. By brian r, on Oct 17, 2013 | Reply

    i like how hes got a smile in the black and white picture and a mean look in the second. i guess thats what working with bone headed coaches the past 40 years does to you. haha.

  9. By Dave Chaney on Oct 18, 2013 | Reply

    Enjoy a well deserved retirement. You are and always will be a class guy!

  10. By Al on Oct 19, 2013 | Reply

    As always the key is the owners. Since they left St. Louis, they continue not to spend money to build the team! St. Louis does not miss them!!!!!

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