Thursday was about as hot as it gets at a Packers training camp practice.
According to the team’s medical staff, which has equipment to measure these things on field, the temperature by the end of Thursday morning’s workout was 88 degrees, which doesn’t sound that bad, and the heat index was 96 degrees, which is hot but no worse than earlier in camp.
However, the most telling number is the “black-bulb” index, which is a measure of what the heat feels like if you’re wearing a helmet and thus have less air circulation, such as a construction worker or football player. There was basically no wind on the practice field, so the black-bulb reading was 118 degrees. By comparison, Monday was the previous hottest day, and the black-bulb reading then was 110 degrees.
A member of the team’s medical staff said the highest black-bulb reading he can remember is in the 118-degree to 120-degree range.
For some players, this wasn’t unusual because they grew up practicing in August weather just like this. Cornerback Tramon Williams said this was about what a normal day in training camp was like when he played high school and college football in Louisiana.
“Every day was a heat advisory,” Williams said. “And we went hard. I don’t know how we did it.”
Defensive coordinator Dom Capers has coached in several NFL cities in the deep south — Jacksonville, Houston and Miami.
“This is good, this helps us,” he said. “It could be like this in Philadelphia (for the regular-season opener).”
— Pete Dougherty, Press-Gazette