The man who invented Gatorade (and arguably the entire sports drink market) died earlier today of kidney failure.
Dr. Robert Cade invented the drink in 1965 at The University of Florida. I didn't even know that this was actually a product invented at the school to help the football players (that's where the "Gator" in the name comes from) until that commercial a few years ago that explained how Gatorade came about. It all began with the question, "Doctor, why don't football players wee-wee after a game?"
I don't use sports drinks when I exercise. I'm a water guy, and it's incredible that this drink had so much impact on the performance of top-level athletes. Which probably explains why I'm not a top level athlete (one of many reasons...).
Cade was 80.