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Ariko Iso, NFL’s only female trainer, leaves Steelers for Oregon State

Ariko Iso, the only female full-time trainer in the NFL, is leaving her job with the Steelers to head football athletic trainer at Oregon State University, where she went to school.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity that lies ahead at my alma mater,” Iso said. “Oregon State is where I started my athletic training education and I’m looking forward to returning to the beautiful campus after being away for 15 years. I have many fond memories of Corvallis as a student and I’m ready to make more.”

Iso made clear that she’s only leaving the Steelers because the Oregon State job became open.

“I have been blessed throughout my life with my career path working with so many great mentors,” Iso said. “The past nine years I have had the opportunity to work for a great organization with the Steelers, and I want to thank the Rooney family for all they have done for me both professionally and personally.”

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21 Responses to “Ariko Iso, NFL’s only female trainer, leaves Steelers for Oregon State”
  1. wwwmattcom says: Jun 2, 2011 7:28 AM

    Athletic Trainer. Not Trainer.

  2. bcgreg says: Jun 2, 2011 7:29 AM

    Prolly sick of Rapelisburger hittin on her, or the thought of touching Rapelisburger finally made her sick.

    Good career move, and good luck at your new job.

  3. phintasm says: Jun 2, 2011 7:35 AM

    Hmmm, looks like Big Ben will be working out even less now…

  4. 49erman says: Jun 2, 2011 7:40 AM

    It sounds like her dream job is the Ohio State job. Good for her! Good luck!

  5. chapnastier says: Jun 2, 2011 7:44 AM

    The only time trainers matter to the public is when they trip gunners.

  6. Ricardo Grande says: Jun 2, 2011 7:47 AM

    She could never figure out why the “DTF” name-tag was part of her uniform…

  7. donterrelli says: Jun 2, 2011 8:03 AM

    She could also be leaving because Big Ben is getting married next month…

  8. duanethomas says: Jun 2, 2011 8:05 AM

    Water finds it own level. She will be the head female trainer out there with those tree huggers.

  9. lbcoach34 says: Jun 2, 2011 8:44 AM

    I would love her to tape me up.

  10. steelerlady43 says: Jun 2, 2011 8:51 AM

    I wish her the best of luck…

  11. txchief says: Jun 2, 2011 8:57 AM

    I also heard she turned down being the head of reflexology for Rex Ryan and the Jets.

  12. godofwine330 says: Jun 2, 2011 9:04 AM

    Ok, I know I am not the only one thinking this but, She…is…HOT.

    That is all. Good for her.

  13. bluvayner says: Jun 2, 2011 9:43 AM

    I’m not positive, but I think that the Ravens have a female athletic trainer too.

  14. bigbeefyd says: Jun 2, 2011 10:11 AM

    She reportedly made the decision after Big Ben asked her to join him in a bathroom stall…

  15. iflounder says: Jun 2, 2011 10:18 AM

    the bills have a little person on their training staff. beat that.

  16. marvsleezy says: Jun 2, 2011 10:33 AM

    Bills have a “little person” trainer so stick it!!

  17. nzyme says: Jun 2, 2011 10:35 AM

    Wonder if the work stoppage influenced her decision? Was she getting paid during this time??

  18. buckybadger says: Jun 2, 2011 10:39 AM

    What a bunch of 2nd rate reporting this is. Is she single? Does she like tall dorky white men? Where can I start stalking her? I tell MDS this story gives me nothing.

  19. steelersmichele says: Jun 2, 2011 10:40 AM

    I’m glad PFT is highlighting a positive story about a woman involved in professional sports. After some negative stories (Sanchez, Sterger, and others), it’s nice to read about a woman who was hired because she was the best for the job and is respected by the players and her co-workers.

  20. memphisyinzer says: Jun 2, 2011 12:00 PM

    It sounds like Ariko’s made a name for herself in her field and Oregon State realizes that she’s a very good catch.

    I hope she is extremely happy back at her alma mater and, I’m sure, she’ll be just as successful as she was in da ‘Burgh.

    Congratulations to Ariko. I’m sure she will be sorely missed by the entire Steeler organization. It’s always nice to see someone move on to better things as a result of being a part of the organization. Good luck to you and enjoy!

  21. elyasm says: Jun 2, 2011 2:53 PM

    Is she the only girl to have her own Super Bowl ring(s)?

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