Director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer, easily the longest-tenured Redskins employee, is retiring today after 37 years with the franchise. This is the second retirement for Tyer, who left the Redskins after the 2002 season only to come back when coach Joe Gibbs returned to Washington in 2004.
A 2003 inductee in the Redskins’ Ring of Fame at FedEx Field, Tyer’s 1971 arrival in Washington coincided with the team becoming a regular playoff participant. After not reaching postseason during the previous 25 years, Washington made the playoffs during 13 of Tyer’s first 22 seasons, winning five NFC championships and three Super Bowls.
A former President of the Pro Football Athletic Trainers Society, Tyer taped the ankles of seven Hall of Famers: Darrell Green, Ken Houston, Deacon Jones, Sonny Jurgensen, Art Monk, John Riggins and Charley Taylor.