The greatest game on earth
On February 7, 2016 Wilson will take the field for its 50th consecutive Super Bowl. Quite remarkably, Wilson has been at the heart of every Super Bowl game since the first Championship was logged in the record books back in 1967. This season marks both our golden anniversary with the Super Bowl, and 75 seasons on field with the NFL. Never before has a partnership between league and ball lasted as long as Wilson’s partnership with the National Football League.
This January, like forty nine Januarys before, our Ada craftsmen and women will work through the night to ensure the Super Bowl game balls ship to the two Super Bowl-bound teams within 24 hours of winning their NFC and AFC championship games. That same devotion and pride goes into each and every game ball that goes out the factory door, whether the balls are for championship-hungry professional athletes or young, aspiring players and loyal fans.
Stamped with the team name, date and location of the game as well as the historic Super Bowl 50 logo, only the best 108 game balls will board the truck to Levi Stadium. It takes over a dozen hands in Ada, Ohio working through 25 steps to craft each Super Bowl ball.
- On average one cowhide can produce 10 Super Bowl balls.
- There is just one lace on a Wilson NFL football. It is threaded, by hand, through 16 lace holes.
- Four Horween Leather panels in Wilson’s proprietary NFL pattern are sewn together inside out.
- The special Wilson “W” watermarks prove each ball is an authentic, Made in the USA Wilson product.
- All NFL game balls are inflated to approximately 13 pounds of air pressure or 13 psi.
- Wilson’s Russell Wilson is the first quarterback in National Football League® (NFL) history to start in two Super Bowls in his first three seasons.
The Super Bowl High School Honor Roll initiative is one of many events the NFL has lined up this season to kick off the Super Bowl 50 festivities. As part of this new initiative, Wilson was asked to build and customize a golden football for every player or head coach on an active Super Bowl roster. Wilson ultimately shipped over 3,000 golden footballs to the NFL. Over the course of the season, these golden footballs will find their way to over 2,000 high schools across the country and around the world. Seventeen of these visits will be aired on CBS This Morning every Thursday throughout the 2015 season. The making of the golden footballs segment from the Wilson Football factory in Ada, OH was the first to air on September 10 this year. Watch here.
At its very core, the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll is meant to recognize high schools and communities that have contributed to Super Bowl history and positively impacted the game of football. As the official football of more high schools than any other brand, Wilson is proud to support an initiative that celebrates the significant impact high school athletics have on today’s youth. Wilson is the official ball for 36 of the 51 State Associations in the US, played not only on the biggest stage in the game at the Super Bowl, but on fields across the country during High School Football Championship season every Fall.
To learn more about the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll, and to see if a golden football will be delivered to your school or community, go to: http://www.nfl.com/sbhsdatabase
Wilson and the NFL
Wilson has been making the official NFL game ball since 1941, and we’ve been a part of every point scored ever since. Wilson has been clutched, thrown, kicked and spiked by the game’s greatest, and we are proud to be football’s longest running champion of American craftsmanship. Our factory in Ada, OH is the oldest leather game ball factory in the world.
With over a hundred years of game-changing innovation under our belts, we continue to look for ways to evolve the game for players and fans. Starting with the 2015 season, the official NFL game balls will be stamped with a color team logo decal. This is an evolution from previous years where Wilson engraved a team name on each team’s game ball. With this change, team game balls are now easier for officials and fans to recognize and track throughout the game.