Champagne showers come with a Super Bowl championship. Cold showers come with the home locker room at Cowboys Stadium, host site of Super Bowl XLV.
Green Bay Packers players, who will occupy that locker room Sunday when they face the Pittsburgh Steelers, were made aware of potential hot water shortages this week. Jason Witten, the Cowboys' All-Pro tight end, gave warning Thursday that the showers can get "a little chilly."
The news blindsided several Packers, including linebacker A.J. Hawk, who had asked former Ohio State teammate (and former Cowboy) Bobby Carpenter about the facilities, but heard nothing about cold showers. "Wow, that puts a damper on the day," Green Bay right tackle Bryan Bulaga told Todd Archer, of ESPN Dallas. "Cold water? I'm just saying, how much did that stadium cost: $1.2 billion? Get a hot water tank. It should be the size of a room."
When asked if somebody should say something to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Witten said, "Heck no. You don't say anything to Jerry. Win some more games, then maybe."
The Cowboys went a disappointing 6-10 this season.
Said Dallas defensive lineman Jay Ratliff, "With the season we had, I'd have turned off the hot water, too."