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EKU Athletic Training Program Graduate a Member of NFL's Top Athletic Training Staff

EKU Athletic Training Program Graduate a Member of NFL's Top Athletic Training Staff

Story by: by Morgan Romans, Student Assistant 2/12/2015 12:55:00 PM

Eastern Kentucky University graduate Greg McMillen plays a big role on the recently named number one athletic training staff in the National Football League.
The Pro Football Athletic Trainers Society, in conjunction with the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, named the Buffalo Bills athletic training staff as the NFL Athletic Training Staff of the year for 2014.
McMillen, a 1988 EKU graduate and Lexington native, has been doing big things in the athletic training world and as a member of the Buffalo Bills staff.
"He (McMillen) has done some very impressive things, but the most notable is that he was the first to help an injured Bill with a neck fracture on the field," Dr. Bobby Barton, EKU Athletic Training Professor and previous professor to McMillen, said. "He performed cryotherapy techniques right there on the field which had never been performed outside of a hospital. Now this is kind of the standard, but he was one of the first trainers involved with it."
McMillen has 19 years of experience working as an NFL athletic trainer and was also named the 2013 AFC Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year.
Prior to working for the Bills, McMillen worked many NFL camps and for a large sports medicine clinic on the East Coast. McMillen has accompanied the Bills on many journeys to Pro Bowls and Super Bowls, receiving many rings.
"Bud Carpenter, Greg McMillen, Chris Fischetti, Shone Gipson and Jon Hernandez are among the most professional and highly trained certified athletic trainers in the National Football League," Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said in a statement released by the team. "Day-in and day-out, they provide excellent support to our players and our football staff throughout the year. It is great to see them recognized for their excellence."
In another twist with a Colonel flair, McMillen has been reunited with a fellow EKU graduate – Buffalo head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan was named the Bills' head coach on Jan. 12. While McMillen was pursuing his undergraduate degree at Eastern, Ryan was working on his master's in Eastern's School of Exercise and Sports Science.
The Bills finished the 2014 season 9-7 overall and just missed out on a playoff berth. Buffalo ended the regular season with a 17-9 win over eventual Super Bowl champion New England.

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Published on February 27, 2015

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