Everyone, it seems, has a story to tell about the size of balls in the wake of reports that New England Patriots used deflated footballs during the AFC Championship Game.
Current starting quarterbacks. Talking heads who once touched footballs. Mediocre quarterbacks who once won the Super Bowl. Even backup quarterbacks like the Seattle Seahawks’ Tarvaris Jackson had a take on Ballghazi.
“That’s crazy,” Jackson said, who played his college football at Alabama State. “But I have thrown some balls that weren’t all the way pumped up [by accident]. They do feel better. Kicking balls are horrible. They’re overinflated.”
Jackson, however, did not specify whether he used those footballs in practice or during games.
According to a report, the NFL found that 11 of the Patriots’ 12 game balls were inflated significantly less than the NFL’s requirements in their 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
The investigation found the footballs used by the Patriots were inflated 2 pounds per square inch below league mandated regulations.
The NFL has not announced any penalties against the Patriots leading up to Super Bowl XLIX.