With the Dolphins beginning training camp Thursday, they already rank among the league leaders in one dubious category.
According to The Weather Channel, the Dolphins are No. 4 on the list of the 10 Hottest NFL Training Camps. That was one spot behind Tampa Bay and one ahead of Jacksonville as all of the state’s teams made the list.
The Saints’ camp in Metaire, La., ranked second, leaving the Texans’ camp in Houston the most miserably hot by a wide margin, according to The Weather Channel.
The list was created to draw attention to concerns about keeping players hydrated during a summer of record-breaking heat and drought throughout the country. Meteorologists for The Weather Channel devised the list based on average August temperatures, high temperatures and the number of 90-degree days at all of the NFL training camps.
It was 10 years ago that Vikings lineman Korey Stringer died from complications brought on by heat stroke during Vikings training camp at Mankato, Minn., on an August day with the heat index near 110 degrees. A few days earlier, University of Florida freshman Eraste Austin died after collapsing from heat stroke.
Vikings camp did not make the top 10 list.
Tampa Bay ranked as the wettest training camp, with the Dolphins also near the top in that category. Tight end Anthony Fasano, pictured during 2010 training camp, can attest to the rigors of training in South Florida. But the Dolphins can get relief from the heat and rain by practicing in their air-conditioned practice dome.
Texans camp ranked No. 1 in all three categories that were considered. Temperatures there sometimes push into triple digits, and there isn’t nearly as much rain to cool temperatures as in Florida.
The Weather Channel report pointed out that the Texans actually have a weatherman on their roster. Tight end Owen Daniels graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science.
Here’s the list:
1. Houston Texans
2. New Orleans Saints
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4. Miami Dolphins
5. Jacksonville Jaguars
6. St. Louis Rams
7. Tennessee Titans
8. Carolina Panthers
9. Kansas City Chiefs
10. Atlanta Falcons
Analysis and reasoning behind the top 10 can be found at The Weather Channel.