For an icy instant, Rick Smith beat the Houston heat.
The Texans general manager, along with Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, accepted the “Ice Bucket Challenge” following the Texans-Falcons joint practice on Wednesday.
If you haven’t logged onto any social media platforms this week, you’re probably a little lost.
The challenge is part of a viral movement aimed at raising awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. It involves dumping a jug of frigid water over your head. The NFL general managers are the latest to join a slew of celebrities, athletes and politicians who have embraced the campaign.
Once the stunt is completed, participants nominate others to keep the cycle alive. If those challenged don’t soak themselves within 24 hours, they’re asked to donate to ALS research or to the charity of their choice.
Keeping the wheels in motion, Smith nominated fellow NFL personnel Ryan Grigson (GM, Indianapolis Colts), Jeff Fisher (head coach, St. Louis Rams) and Jerry Reese (GM, New York Giants) while Dimitroff called on John Elway (GM, Denver Broncos), Mickey Loomis (GM, New Orleans Saints) and John Schneider (GM, Seattle Seahawks).
UPDATED: The challenge continued after Thursday's practice when Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, COO Cal McNair and Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle submerged themselves with an icy blast. Watch the Vine video below.
Check out the moment of impact:
— Claudia Castillo (@ClaudiaIzet) August 14, 2014
UPDATE: Several other members of the Texans organization have accepted the Ice Bucket challenge. See more below.