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.”