If you’ve ever listened to the legendary voice of the Buccaneers, Gene Deckerhoff, you’ve undoubtedly heard him mention the name of the Buccaneers longtime trainer and Director of Sports Medicine Todd Toriscelli, who was a key figure in the franchise for nearly two decades, helping to keep the Buccaneers healthy and in proper fitness.
Any time there was an injury on the field, Gene was likely to mention the veteran trainer for the Buccaneers as the game went to a timeout. But for the first time since the 1990′s, there will be a new man in charge of sports medicine at One Buc Place, as Toriscelli as moved on to another job.
The Tennessee Titans announced today that they have hired Toriscelli to the same position he held in Tampa Bay, meaning he’ll be tasked with keeping Jake Locker healthy, and helping to mend him when he does eventually find himself hurt.
The Buccaneers quickly announced Toriscelli’s replacement, and it should come as no surprise that he comes from Chicago.
New Bucs head trainer Bobby Slater was Bears’ director of rehabilitation during Lovie Smith’s nine years as head coach in Chicago.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) February 7, 2014
Unlike coaches or general managers, there’s nothing to say about Slater, as it’s impossible to know how much of a role he played in any individual injury suffered by a member of the Bears during his time in Chicago. But Lovie Smith has a comfort level with Slater, and ultimately that’s what’s important.
It’s unclear why Toriscelli was allowed to leave, or if his contract simply ran out in Tampa and he decided to pursue a new position. And while this is admittedly a position that doesn’t have a direct impact on how the team plays, it will be interesting to see if there are any changes in the way injuries are dealt with in Tampa.
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