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The Origins of Gatorade
It's pretty well known that Gatorade was developed by a team of scientists at the University of Florida. However, an article on the university's website gives a more complete story.
According to Robert Cade, the lead scientist, Gatorade was first tested on 10 freshmen football players. It was a scrimmage between these players and the Gators B team that caught the attention of head coach Ray Graves.
"At the end of the first half, the B team was ahead 13-0. They pushed the freshmen around pretty good," Cade says. "In the third period, the freshmen, who had been given the solution, came out and began pushing the B team around. They scored two or three touchdowns in the third period and five or six more in the fourth period."
The Gators had an upcoming game against heavily favored Louisiana State, and based on the results of the scrimmage, Graves asked Cade to make more. Working overtime, the team of scientists delivered.
The game was played in 102-degree heat, and while the Tigers faded in the fourth quarter, the Gators came from behind to defeat LSU.
Needless to say, Gatorade was on its way to becoming the go-to drink of the Gators, and it wasn't long before it made its way to the sidelines of many more teams.