As Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, takes his place with the St. Louis Rams, David Fleming has a great piece in ESPN The Magazine and now featured online about the culture of team showers in the NFL.
“The team shower is a place of celebration, fellowship and naked dance-offs,” the lead reads. “What it's not? A place hostile to Michael Sam.”
The story comes with this at the top: “WARNING: contains strong language and mature subject matter.”
One of the things that falls under that warning is an unnamed Titan who took grief for not being well-endowed.
Also included are some details about real estate preferences in the shower at Titans headquarters.
On the Titans, Jason McCourty always takes the last showerhead on the left, while Bernard Pollard likes the pressure and temp of the middle shower. "If anybody is in it," warns Pollard, "they are going to move."
I talked to Pollard and Jurrell Casey for the author of the piece, colleague and friend David Fleming.
Here’s the best of what didn’t make the fine story in ESPN The Magazine.
“Good shower?” Casey said. “I know Buffalo had a pretty nice shower. I remember that one. The pressure is not too hard, it’s a nice temperature. It’s not something beautiful. I look for something more if the water pressure is too hard. It’s hard when it hits your body, things like that. Here [in Nashville] we’ve got a couple showerheads that have good pressure and a couple that hit you kind of hard. Far left, the last one on the end is a great one, and Jason McCourty tries to hog it all the time. The fourth one from the left, in the middle, that’s the one I use and I hate it. Hard pressure. Nobody uses it. I’d rather use it than wait.”
Pollard thinks the Broncos turned off the hot water at Invesco Field at Mile High after the Broncos' 51-28 win in the freezing cold on Dec. 8 last year.
“You know the hot water was working before the game, then all of a sudden after the game it’s not working?” he said. “They are bringing in millions or almost billions of dollars a year. I’m sorry, but that was a switch that was hit. Just like the Super Bowl [lights], that was a switch that was hit.”