The Kansas City Chiefs promoted Carlisle graduate Rick Burkholder to vice president of Sports Medicine and Performance, according to a team press release Thursday.
Burkholder, the son of longtime Carlisle athletic trainer Richard Burkholder, has been the head athletic trainer with the Chiefs since 2013. He has worked for Chiefs coach Andy Reid since Reid became head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999.
“I’m grateful and excited for this opportunity,” Burkholder said in the press release. “I’d like to thank the Hunt family, Coach Reid, Brett Veach and Mark Donovan for putting the trust in me to lead our efforts in player health and safety.”
Burkholder began his NFL career in 1986 with the New England Patriots as an intern, then spent time in college before coming back to the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1994-98.
Burkholder graduated from Pittsburgh in 1987 and got his master’s from Arizona two years later. He was named president of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society in 2014 for a three-year term. He is considered one of the top trainers in the NFL, and in 2016 he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame, joining his father.
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