When we left off Friday, former Ohio State star Cameron Heyward was laughing ominously about his testing this week at the Gatorade Performance Lab in Dallas.
He and Bleacher Report's Jack Harver were hanging out in the lab, with Jack just a few minutes away from getting tested himself, and the writer was begging the player for tips.
For Heyward, his lab work with Gatorade during Super Bowl week was the start of a year-long journey into professional football. As part of a team of 14 featured rookies, his offseason—from the pre-draft process to his first training camp—will be fueled by Gatorade's personalized training and nutrition and documented by NFL Films for the "Everything to Prove" series.
For Jack, the tests were an assessment of his baseline physiology for a short-term version of the rookies' plan. From now until the NFL Draft, the brains behind the Gatorade Sports Science Institute will be fueling a few lucky writers up for their own athletic successes.
As the future pro explained the tests, Jack steeled himself for a few hours of prodding, flashing lights, and exhaustion (just like the nightlife in Dallas this week, but with more compression shorts, more protein, and possibly less carbohydrates and sweating).