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Gatorade Shower’s History

A sea of red poured over Alabama’s head coach, Nick Saban, after his national championship victory this past Monday night. Saban is no newcomer to the chilling yet riveting Gatorade shower. The bath of sports drink capped his fifth national championship win, cementing his legacy as one of the greatest coaches in college football history.

The famed “Gatorade Shower” celebrates the most meaningful victories for both athletes and coaches alike. Players beam from ear to ear as they hoist a cooler over their coach, mentor, or leader.

This post-win tradition began with a New York Giants triumph over their arch-rival, the Washington Redskins, in 1985. Gatorade was first poured on the hardwood after the Boston Celtics captured an NBA championship in 2008.

Following Ohio State’s recent Fiesta Bowl victory, bright yellow Gatorade flooded an emotional hug between Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Ezekiel Elliot, playing his last game as a Buckeye. This moment, sealed by the “victory bath,” sent chills down the backs of Coach Meyer, Zeke, and Buckeye fans alike.

Since 1985, this tradition has given sports enthusiasts one more thing to cheer following big victories.


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