UF in­ven­tor of pop­u­lar sports drink Ga­torade dies at 80

The Covington News - - SPORTS - By Ron Word

JACK­SONVILLE, Fla. — Dr. Robert Cade, who in­vented the sports drink Ga­torade and launched a multi­bil­lion­dol­lar in­dus­try that con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate, died Tues­day of kid­ney fail­ure. He was 80.

His death was an­nounced by the Univer­sity of Florida, where he and other re­searchers cre­ated Ga­torade in 1965 to help the school’s foot­ball play­ers re­place car­bo­hy­drates and elec­trolytes lost through sweat while play­ing in swamp-like heat.

Now sold in 80 coun­tries in dozens of fla­vors, Ga­torade was born thanks to a ques­tion from for­mer Ga­tor Coach Dwayne Douglas, Cade said in a 2005 in­ter­view with The As­so­ci­ated Press.

He asked, “Doc­tor, why don’t foot­ball play­ers wee­wee af­ter a game?”

“That ques­tion changed our lives,” Cade said.

Cade’s re­searchers de­ter­mined a foot­ball player could lose up to 18 pounds — 90 to 95 per­cent of it wa­ter — dur­ing the three hours it takes to play a game.

Us­ing their re­search, and about $43 in sup­plies, they con­cocted a brew for play­ers to drink while play­ing foot­ball.

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