Steelers Athletic Training Staff Honored

Steelers Athletic Training Staff Named 2008 Professional Football Athletic Training Staff of the Year
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PITTSBURGH —
The Steelers athletic training staff was recognized for their outstanding efforts this season as it was named the 2008 Professional Football Athletic Training Staff of the Year.

The Steelers athletic training staff, comprised of head athletic trainerJohn Norwigand assistantsRyan GroveandAriko Iso, will be recognized with the award in conjunction with the Ed Block Courage Award Banquet, which will be held on March 10 at Martin's West Banquet Hall in Baltimore, Md.

The award is given annually to an NFL athletic training staff who best exemplifies dedication and commitment to the training of its players. The award is voted on by the Professional Football Athletic Training Society (PFATS).

Norwig, who was elected President of PFATS this past year, is in his 18th season with the Steelers and his 29th overall in athletic training. He earned his bachelor's degree from Penn State in 1979 and his master's degree from Penn State in 1984. Norwig and his wife, Emily, have three children.

Grove is in his 10th season with the Steelers and graduated magna cum laude, receiving his bachelor of science degree in athletic training from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993 and a master's degree in athletic training/exercise physiology in 1996. Grove and his wife, AnnMarie, have a son and daughter.

Iso, the first and only full-time female athletic trainer in the NFL, is in her seventh season with the Steelers. She also worked two years at training camp with the team before being hired on full-time in 2002. Iso received her bachelor of science degree from Oregon State in 1993 and earned her master's of art from San Jose State in 1995.

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