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Chargers FB Derek Watt teams up with brothers to talk heat safety

MONACO - FEBRUARY 27: J J Watt and Derek Watt attend the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards at Salle des Etoiles, Sporting Monte-Carlo on February 27, 2018 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images for Laureus)
MONACO - FEBRUARY 27: J J Watt and Derek Watt attend the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards at Salle des Etoiles, Sporting Monte-Carlo on February 27, 2018 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images for Laureus)
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With heat in the summer always a big concern, Chargers FB Derek Watt and his brothers are leading the way by teamming up with Gatorade to explain the importance of dressing for temperature and hydrating.

“Hot one today,” as good ‘ol Wally would constantly say.

But seriously, dealing with the heat is no joking matter. Every summer, we read stories of players having heat strokes. And with recent heat waves hitting the U.S., players of both the professional level and amateur level must be made aware of its effects.

And what better way to do that than have professional football players talk to us? Chargers fullback Derek Watt and his two brothers, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt, teammed up with Gatorade to form the Beat the Heat program. They created two promos on heat safety and why drinking Gatorade is beneficial. “Dress for Sweat-cess,” as they called it, put emphasis on the importance of wearing the right clothing when training and playing sports in the hot sun. Check out the video below.

The Watt brothers (and their Dad) talked about hydration in the second promo entitled “Color of Hydration.” In it, they use a urine chart to determine if one is properly hydrated.

It’s cool to see athletes getting together and doing this. It makes sense to use the Watt brothers, especially with older brother J.J. being a popular figure in society. He’s been known to reach out and help the public, including raising over $37 million to aid Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Derek won’t see J.J.’s Texans in 2018, but he will see T.J. when the Chargers travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in Week 13.

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