As the Cowboys move from the climate controlled environment of the Alamodome and onto the sun-drenched practice field at Valley Ranch, the August heat, a factor in many aspects of life in this corner of the country, is an afterthought for Martellus Bennett, a byproduct of the second-year tight end's extreme, extraterrestrial training methods.
"Not very worried at all [about the heat]," Bennett said, "because Jupiter's eye is extremely hot, like 300 degrees farenheit, so, I've been doing extreme training this offseason, just running on the rings continuously, and being in the eye, just running, just playing with my alien friends and kicking it, so heat's nothing new."
"If you can't stand the heat, get out [of] the pot," Bennett continued. "I think that's what it is, something like that... If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen, that's it. "
Bennett got serious, at least relatively so, as he talked about dealing with the late summer heat of North Texas that led, earlier this year, to Texas high schools doing away with two-a-days.
"Football's football, I mean, the heat's gonna play a little role in it, but the guys do a good job hydrating and, when you get a chance to take your helmet off, take it off," Bennett said. "There's a lot of precautions you could take so you won't pass out and die out there. So I try to do those as much as I can, but for the most part I think it will play a little role, but I don't think it will be a significant one."
While Bennett, who sat out of Wednesday's practice, seems unmoved by the considerable heat, Dallas as a team made a move to suggest that they were. Wade moved practice up from 1:15 p.m. to 9:45 a.m.