There’s a high chance Super Bowl LII will end in a Gatorade shower—a tradition so hallowed, people even bet on what color the hydrating beverage will be when it soaks the head coach of the winning team. But what if that shower were made of sweat instead of a sports drink? If the entire Eagles or Patriots teams combined their Super Bowl sweat, could they fill a whole cooler?
A bit of science while you hold back your vomit: Scientists have actually figured out how much the average National Football League player sweats. In 2007, researchers from West Chester University’s HEAT Institute, Pennsylvania Hospital worked with the Eagles themselves (and the Minnesota Vikings) on a pre-season study to quantify the sweat rate of these hard-working athletes. The results were published in the Journal of Athletic Training, and they provide some surprisingly specific data to back up our thought experiment.
It’s relatively simple to calculate someone’s sweat rate. Here’s a handy formula: