The splash that just won't die

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The splash that just won't die

With the New York Giants playing in the NFC Championship game, the oft-debated origin of the Gatorade shower has again surfaced, this time courtesy of the New York Times.

At issue is the New York claim that defensive tackle Jim Burt began the tradition that has given Gatorade a marketingadvertising hit it couldnt have imagined or even bought.

I was told, by both Dan Hampton and Steve McMichael, and a couple of other Bears of the time, that they just grabbed a tub of Gatorade and dumped it over Mike Ditkas head after a 1984 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

But the New York Times says it was the New York Giants, and Steve Sabol of NFL Films, basically out of New York, which made its first huge break out of the New York-Green Bay championship game in 1962 and premiered Footballs Longest Day at Toots Shors in New York Steve told the NYT that he never saw any evidence of that in any of our footage. I believe it started with the Giants and it has just grown from there.

Im from the East Coast myself, so Im not all about bashing New York media. But, fellas, really.

This has the ring of A.) until it happens in New York, and B.) if TV didnt see it, it didnt happen.

Gatorade has to love the ongoing pub, though.

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh

6'2" | 226 lbs.

2016 stats:

2,885 YDS, 60.5 CMP%, 27 TD, 7 INT, 163.4 QBR | 72 CAR, 286 YDS, 3 TD

Projection:

Third/Fourth Round

Scouting Report:

"Peterman's experience in a pro-style passing attack gives him a head start headed into the league. His physical attributes are just average, but his accuracy, composure and anticipation are what sets him apart from some of the more physically gifted quarterbacks in this year's draft. Peterman's tape is sure to catch the eye of at least a few teams in need of a quarterback and he should come off the board by day two with a chance to become a solid starting quarterback in the future." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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2017 NFL Draft Profile: Illinois OLB Dawuane Smoot

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Illinois OLB Dawuane Smoot

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Dawuane Smoot, OLB, Illinois

6'3" | 264 lbs.

2016 stats:

56 tackles, 15 TFL, 5 sacks

Projection:

Day 3

Scouting Report:

"Duck-footed, face-up rusher able to generate some power in his rush, Smoot failed to put together the breakout season many predicted after a strong junior showing. He lacks a track record of pass rush production to excite NFL teams as an early round pick, but his athleticism could create an opportunity for him as a 3-4 rush end if given the chance. " — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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