Engel promoted to head trainer; Burruss takes new role

Weston Hodkiewicz
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At left, Former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Santana Dotson hugs head trainer Pepper Burruss as former general manager Ron Wolf watches during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010.  Photo by Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette

The Green Bay Packers are shuffling up their training staff.

The team announced Wednesday that head athletic trainer Pepper Burruss is moving into the newly created role of the director of sports medicine administration with his long-time assistant Bryan Engel being promoted to head athletic trainer.

Burruss is entering his 39th season in the NFL and has spent the past 22 as the head athletic trainer for Green Bay. The Wappingers Falls, N.Y., native joined the Packers in 1993 following 16 seasons with the New York Jets as an assistant athletic trainer.

"Pepper has been a vital member of this organization since 1993 and we will continue to rely on his expertise and wisdom in his new role," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement.

Engel originally joined Green Bay in 1997 as a seasonal assistant and has served as an assistant athletic trainer for the Packers since 1999. He was honored with the 2013 Tim Davey NFC Assistant Athletic Trainer Award.

Prior to joining Green Bay, Engel was a seasonal assistant with the New England Patriots in 1996-97 after serving as a training camp intern in 1995.

"We are excited about Bryan's opportunity as he has been a great asset to the organization," Thompson said. "He has worked diligently over the years and grown into his new responsibility, in which he will oversee the Packers training staff."

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