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Edward “Hunter” Smith – 2007

Indianapolis Colts

Hunter Smith earned an associate degree from Wesley College, a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a master’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His professional career began in 1971 when he served as an assistant athletic trainer with the Miami Dolphins. The following year, Hunter took the position of Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Professor in the Physical Education Department at Salisbury University where he stayed for the next 10 years. His career journey then led him to professional football in 1983 starting with the Baltimore Colts. The Colts moved the franchise to Indianapolis where Hunter became the Head Athletic Trainer for the next 23 years. While living in Baltimore, he served as the NATA District III Secretary (1980 – 82) and District Director (1982 – 84). Hunter also served on the IATA Executive Council as the Professional Representative for over 20 years. He has been a speaker at numerous symposiums including GLATA and the NFL Physicians Society Meeting. Hunter was named the Indianapolis Man of the Year in 1986 and was Head Athletic Trainer when the Colts won the Super Bowl in 2007.

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