Who was the first NFL coach to be doused with gatorade after a Super Bowl win?

Who was the first NFL coach to be doused with gatorade after a Super Bowl win?
Who was the first NFL coach to be doused with gatorade after a Super Bowl win?

Among the thousands of Super Bowl props that sportsbooks open each year, there are a few consistently popular ones year-after-year. One of those is the color of Gatorade dumped on the winning coach after the game ends, or the Gatorade bath, if you will.

This year, bettors are wondering whether the Kansas City Chiefs have another cooler of orange Gatorade ready for Andy Reid, and trying to decipher which color the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would go with should Bruce Arians get a bath following Super Bowl 55.

Before you lock any bets in for the 2021 Super Bowl, have a look back at the past colors of Gatorade that have been dumped on winning coaches below.

Gatorade Color Dumped on Winning Coach of Super Bowl

Super Bowl Winner Color Coach
21 New York Giants Orange Bill Parcells
22 Washington Football Team None Joe Gibbs
23 San Francisco 49ers None Bill Walsh
24 San Francisco 49ers None George Seifert
25 New York Giants None Bill Parcells
26 Washington Football Team None Joe Gibbs
27 Dallas Cowboys Clear Jimmy Johnson
28 Dallas Cowboys Clear Jimmy Johnson
29 San Francisco 49ers Clear George Seifert
30 Dallas Cowboys Clear Barry Switzer
31 Green Bay Packers None Mike Holmgren
32 Denver Broncos None Mike Shanahan
33 Denver Broncos None Mike Shanahan
34 St Louis Rams None Dick Vermeil
35 Baltimore Ravens Yellow Brian Billick
36 New England Patriots None Bill Belichick
37 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Purple Jon Gruden
38 New England Patriots None Bill Belichick
39 New England Patriots Clear Bill Belichick
40 Pittsburgh Steelers Clear Bill Cowher
41 Indianapolis Colts Clear Tony Dungy
42 New York Giants Clear Tom Coughlin
43 Pittsburgh Steelers Yellow Mike Tomlin
44 New Orleans Saints Orange Sean Payton
45 Green Bay Packers Orange Mike McCarthy
46 New York Giants Purple Tom Coughlin
47 Baltimore Ravens None John Harbaugh
48 Seattle Seahawks Orange Pete Carroll
49 New England Patriots Blue Bill Belichick
50 Denver Broncos Orange Gary Kubiak
51 New England Patriots None Bill Belichick
52 Philadelphia Eagles Yellow Doug Pederson
53 New England Patriots Blue Bill Belichick
54 Kansas City Chiefs Orange Andy Reid

As mentioned, the most recent Gatorade bath was given to Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, and it was of the orange variety. When you see “clear” in the table above, it generally means water. But the prop is not what type/flavor of Gatorade, just the color. This is why water gets lumped in as “clear”.

Trends in Gatorade Color Dumped

  • The Gatorade dumped has been orange in five of the last 11 Super Bowls
  • Clear holds the record for most consecutive years used, getting dumped four straight years on two different occasions – Super Bowls 27-30 and 39-42
  • Red is the most common color of Gatorade that has never been dumped on a winning coach
  • There have been three back-to-back champions in the Gatorade dumping era, with only one of those defending champions using the same color Gatorade in both games – the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowls 27 and 28
  • Clear is also suffering the longest drought among colors that have been dumped, not having been used since Super Bowl 42

You can see how often each color has been used in the table below:

Number of Times Each Gatorade Color Has Been Dumped

Color Number of Times Dumped Most Recent Use
Clear 8 Super Bowl 42
Orange 6 Super Bowl 54
Yellow 3 Super Bowl 52
Purple 2 Super Bowl 46
Blue 2 Super Bowl 53

Am I the only one who feels the only logical answer for blue not being used more is because it’s everyone’s favorite, and therefore the first cooler that runs dry?

Super Bowl 55 Gatorade Color Odds

Color Odds
Orange +125
Red/Pink +200
Yellow/Green/Lime +300
Clear/Water +350
Blue +700
Purple +800

The sportsbooks are favoring Kansas City to either run it back with orange again in Super Bowl 55, or for Tampa Bay to keep the orange trend going.

How Did the Gatorade Shower Start?

The answer to this depends on who you ask. But it is commonly accepted that the New York Giants started this tradition in 1984. Jim Burt, a defensive lineman for the Giants at the time, was apparently upset with the way head coach Bill Parcells had treated him that week, and decided to dump the cooler of Gatorade on Parcells after beating Washington.

It didn’t immediately become a tradition, though. It wasn’t until those same Giants gave Parcells a Gatorade bath after each win during their 1986-87 season that ended in New York hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. This is the first entry you’ll see in the table at the top of this page.

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