Hot stuff? It’s all relative

2009 Training Camp

How hot is it? Not all that hot, according to Tim Ruskell.

The Seahawks president was asked Thursday about the record-breaking heat that has wilted the region in recent days as the team prepares for the start of training camp practices on Friday.

“This is hot, I’m not undercutting that at all,” Ruskell said. “It’s hot.”

Temperatures pushed into triple digits on Wednesday and the forecast was calling for highs in the mid-90s on Thursday.

But it’s all relative, because Ruskell broke into the NFL as a regional scout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1987 and worked for the franchise through the 2003 – as director of college scouting and later director of player personnel.

In Tampa, it wasn’t just the heat; it also was the humidity that often hovered around 95 percent.

“We actually built a building called a ‘cool down,’ ” Ruskell said. “Instead of a tent, we actually built a building where, three-quarters of the way through practice, players would be asked to go in there – all pads off.”

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The players would spend 20 minutes in the 50-degree “cool down” atmosphere to re-hydrate.

“Just so we could end practice without too many IV’s at the end of the darn thing,” Ruskell said. “And this was every day.

“After you’ve gone through a couple of those camps, it gave me a great appreciation for the player to have all that stuff on and the humidity level they had.”


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