An award for former Cardinal mainstay

Posted by Darren Urban on February 19, 2014 – 4:16 pm

For 42 seasons and 838 games, John Omohundro worked as an athletic trainer for the Cardinals. In 36 of those seasons as the head athletic trainer. His final game, with his last season spent as a consultant to the team, was the Super Bowl. Part of the reason Omohundro retired when he did was to take care of his wife, Martha, who suffered from Alzheimer’s before passing away last year.

Wednesday here in Indianapolis at the Scouting combine, the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) — of which Omohundro was a charter member when it was created in 1982 — gave Omohundro their annual alumni award. It’s given every year to a former member who has contributed to the profession and in life after the NFL. Not only did Omohundro remain loyal to the Cardinals all those years, he did the same with his wife through her difficult time.

PFATS has also decided to create a new honor in his name to go toward those who show such compassion, and will call it the “John Omohundro Big Heart Award.”

That only makes sense for a guy who spent his entire professional life taking care of others — like he did with Kurt Warner in 2007, fitting the quarterback with a special elbow brace so Warner wouldn’t miss a start despite an ugly Julius Peppers-induced injury.




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5 Responses to “An award for former Cardinal mainstay”

  1. By ored on Feb 19, 2014 | Reply

    good story and nice to know good guys get their props,so much goes on behind the curtains and never recieves its’ just due.

    another thing i would like to know is how is our relationshio with instate schools and players that would fit us.i know scouts have connections with certain hot spots and old famaliarities,but it would still be nice to have home grown talent.

  2. By Judy Beatty on Feb 19, 2014 | Reply

    I am so happy to see him get this award. He certainly deserves it.

  3. By shannon robinson on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    UNM has always granted the Lobo Women’s Rugby Team access to their training room. We will compete for the Sweet Sixteen and Division I National Championship in April as will ASU and U of A. We wouldn’t be able to compete at that level without someone who can recognize a concussion or know a strained ligament versus a tear. Trainers are a little different than doctors, although they do diagnose and can tell a player what’s wrong, mostly they lay out a strategy to get your player back on the field. I see John as part magician – what a man, a consummate Cardinal. Here’s a tip of the Cardinal Wing to John Omohundro.

  4. By clssylssy on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    Excellent “feel good ” story and kudos to John Omohundro for his many years of service and contributions to the Cardinal family. It always is a positive reflection on the organization when players and staff members set themselves apart on a level of recognition by their national professional organization. Too often these important “support staff” members are unsung heroes and their efforts are taken for granted. As Shannon pointed out, these trainers play a critical role in keeping our players healthy and moving forward toward that Lombardi! Thank you Darren for sharing this with the fans.

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