As Ravens tight end Hayden Hurst came off the field after a high 90-degree day at training camp, dripping with sweat and sighing with relief in the sweet embrace of air conditioning, he stepped up to a rejuvenation buffet.
In one refrigerator there were turmeric and ginger tonics, pickle juice and coffee shots, cherry juice and gelatin protein packs. Next to it were four pre-made slushies – chocolate peanut butter, strawberry banana, pineapple/mango/peach and strong lemonade.
Behind Hurst was a snack bar with protein bites (balls of peanut butter, oats, chia seed, honey and protein), peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pretzels, protein bars, Goldfish, energy chews, granola bars, honey waffles and more.
Before he got to the locker room – just a few feet away – Hurst had his pick between an egg, Canadian bacon and cheese sandwich on an English muffin or turkey, bacon, egg and cheese on a croissant.
Training camp is hard work, but the Ravens sure are eating well.