It sounds like the punchline of a joke, but it really happened: How hot was it at Allen’s football practice on Tuesday? So hot that shoes were melting on players’ feet.
All the proof you need is the photo you see above, depicting Eagles defensive back Anthony Taylor’s Nike cleat from the team’s practice on Tuesday. That’s a molded cleat plate slipping off the base of a shoe as the epoxy connecting it melts in the heat.
Seems like a good litmus test to cut practice short, doesn’t it? If you can’t shorten practices when shoes are melting, when can you?
Taylor’s athletic trainer, Mike Harrison, tweeted out the image of the melted shoe and included Nike on the tweet in an effort to get the folks behind the swoosh to send along a new pair for Taylor. Given the work he must have been putting in at 106 degrees, we’d say he deserves it.
If nothing else, Taylor provided a valuable — if unintentional — heat-based stress test for Nike’s football-related footwear. Now we know that athletes will have to keep an extra pair or two around whenever temperatures reach the upper 90s, which is no rare occasion in the Lone Star state.