PHILADELPHIA ( - Add a new head trainer to the Eagles' offseason to-do list.

Chris Peduzzi stepped down from that role, one he has held since 2013, on Tuesday afternoon.

“It has been an honor and a blessing to be part of this organization for the past 19 seasons,” Peduzzi said in a statement. “I especially want to thank Mr. Lurie for his faith in me to care for the health of his players. I never took that lightly."

"I also want to thank Coach Pederson and Howie Roseman for the opportunity," Peduzzi continued. "I have had the pleasure of working alongside so many great people, from my staff and co-workers to our coaches and of course the players. More than anything, I am going to miss those daily interactions. However, I do believe the time is right for me and for my family to step away and take some time off."

Peduzzi originally joined the Eagles in 1999 as an assistant trainer and was promoted to Head Athletic Trainer in 2013. Prior to joining the Eagles, Peduzzi also worked with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1996-98), the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe (1997) and West Chester University (1998).

"We thank Chris for his contributions over the last 19 seasons and we wish him and his family all the best," the team said.

"This was not an easy decision, but one that I have put much thought into and I appreciate the organization’s support and wish them all the best in the future," Peduzzi explained. "I am so proud of what we have been able to achieve together. To bring the Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia this year was an amazing experience and I believe we have built a strong foundation that the team can continue to build on for years to come.”

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for You can reach him at or on Twitter @JFMcMullen

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