On Thursday, the Buffalo Bills welcomed Marissa Figueroa into their ranks as the team’s assistant athletic trainer. She is making history, as Figueroa proudly becomes the franchise’s first-ever full-time female athletic trainer.
Who is Marissa Figueroa?
Figureoa is no stranger to the Buffalo Bills. She has been a valuable member of the Bills training staff since 2021, serving as an intern. In January, she was among the staff members honored for saving Damar Hamlin’s life. Recognizing her remarkable efforts and exemplary commitment during her internship, GM Brandon Beane expressed that Figueroa has undoubtedly earned this well-deserved opportunity.
Before interning with the Bills, Figureoa worked as an athletic trainer at University of California-Davis from 2019-2021, working closely with the school’s football and women’s lacrosse team. Prior to this, she briefly worked with the Los Angeles Chargers training staff during the 2018 season.
The California native studied kinesiology at Humboldt State University. She furthered her education at California Baptist University, where she earned her master’s in athletic training.
Adding to the Roster
Joining the ranks alongside head athletic trainer Nate Breske, assistant athletic trainers Denny Kellington and Tabani Richards, and rehabilitation coordinator/physical therapist Joe Micca, Figueroa’s addition enhances the athletic training staff even further.
“The first thing you notice about Marissa is her positive attitude,” said Beane. “She’s always around and available to help out, and that’s what you need in this industry”. He further discussed how well Figureoa fits into the team’s culture – blending in with both the young players and team veterans.
As a highly qualified and dedicated individual, Figueroa’s expertise will surely enhance the training staff. With her addition, the Buffalo Bills have continued to lead the way for women in football, and hopefully, her success will inspire more opportunities for women in the industry.
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