Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said that referees in the NFL take some air out of the footballs that are used in games, and he does not agree with this. Many fans also don’t agree, and online bookmakers can see just how problematic this whole issue is proving to be.
Actually, Rodgers believes that the air pressure should be put at a minimum, and that there shouldn’t be any limits when it comes to pumping the footballs. This bit of news was released after reports said that footballs were deflated on purpose by the Patriots when they beat the Colts in the championship game of the AFC, and the NFL is investigating.
“I have a major problem with the way it goes down, to be honest with you,” said Rodgers. “The majority of the time, they take air out of football. I think that, for me, is a disadvantage.”
The QB said that he prefers to use a football that is properly inflated due to the strong pressure that he has when gripping the ball, as well as his big hand size, but he doesn’t think that it’s the standard.
“The majority of quarterbacks, I would say more than half, are maybe on the other end of the spectrum and like it on the flatter side,” said the QB. “My belief is that there should be a minimum air-pressure requirement but not a maximum. There’s no advantage, in my opinion — we’re not kicking the football — there’s no advantage in having a pumped-up football.
“There is, if you don’t have strong grip pressure or smaller hands, an advantage to having a flat football, though, because that is easier to throw. So I think that is something they need to look at. There should be a minimum on the air pressure but not a maximum. Every game they’re taking air out of the footballs I’m throwing, and I think that’s a disadvantage for the way that I like them prepped.”
The player gave credit to Broncos QB Peyton Manning for urging the NFL to let players handle footballs before a game kicks off. Rodgers also said that he and Green Bay’s equipment staff work side by side to pick up the footballs that they either practiced with or were using in past meetings.
Before a game, NFL officials take footballs from each team and give them the approval to be used in a meeting. Online bookmakers know that they’re different than the K-balls – used on plays by special teams – which can’t be altered in any way.
“The majority of people don’t like throwing brand-new footballs, and that’s why the change was made and Peyton was big on helping all the quarterbacks out with that,” said Rodgers. “But if they’re going to let us prep them the way we want them, I don’t believe they should be able to take air out of the footballs.”