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Wilson and the nfl,
since 1941

Every throw, every kick, every touchdown and every point in every NFL game has been with a Wilson football. Some of the greatest moments in football history have been told through the amazing feats of the players - and Wilson has been in their hands.

Wilson and the NFL were brought together in 1941 by Chicago Bears Owner and long-time coach George Halas. Halas, recognizing the quality craftsmanship and unbeatable performance of Wilson balls, recommended the NFL select Wilson as the Official Football for all NFL games at the 1941 owners meeting. The ball was adopted, setting the stage for one of the longest partnerships in sports history.

The Official Football of the NFL is called "The Duke" in honor of one of the most beloved and respected figures in professional sports, the late New York Giants owner Wellington "The Duke" Mara. Wilson has been the Official Ball of the NFL for 75 years and counting.

Did you know?

Total number of game balls used during the superbowl: 120, Including 12 kicker balls

For every NFL game each team is shipped 108 game balls - 54 for practice and 54 for the game.

Wilson employees work through the night to ship game balls to the teams within 24 hours of NFC and AFC championship games.

The Duke


"The Duke" is the official game ball of the NFL. Customize yours in support of your favorite team.

Superbowl football


For the past 48 seasons Wilson and the NFL have partnered to create the greatest spectacle in all of sports - the Official ball of the Super Bowl.



In 1955 Wilson opened the Wilson Football factory in Ada, Ohio to ensure that Wilson footballs would not only be American made, but the highest quality footballs ever produced. To this day, the world leader in football continues to produce all of its leather game footballs right here in America in the world's only dedicated football factory.

In fact, since 1941 every NFL game ball that's appeared in Super Bowl competition has been made at the Wilson Football Factory. That means every Super Bowl touchdown pass caught or extra point kicked has been scored with an American-made football. The quality of the Official NFL Football is a direct result of the professionalism and skilled craftsmanship of the workers in Ada. Whether you cut panels, sew the footballs or turn them right side out, everyone at the Wilson Football Factory shares the goal of producing the highest quality football in the game. That dedication to quality has made Wilson a big part of American football lore.


Wilson Sporting Goods has been the number one name in football for over a century. Our legacy dates back to our first Wilson Advisory Staff member - Knute Rockne - who helped develop the first modern football. In 1955, we opened the Wilson Football factory in Ada, Ohio where we began manufacturing the highest quality footballs ever produced. Since 1941 and to this day, every NFL point has been scored with an American-made Wilson football.

Wilson's pride in expert craftsmanship is embodied by each of the employees at our Ada facility, who produce roughly 3,000 footballs a day. Averaging more than 23 years of experience, these employees are passionate and proud to make the official ball of the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, College Football Playoff, and over three dozen high school football state championships.

Rooted in a long legacy of quality and craftsmanship, our new Wilson Custom Footballs allow every player and fan to leave their mark on the game.


Customized Wilson Footballs make excellent gifts, fantasy league trophies, commemorative awards, and more.

Choose one of our four ball types* (Wilson Throwback, NCAA, College Football Playoffs, or NFL ball) and go to work on your creation. Customize colors, add a photo or team logo, personalize your text, and submit your design. Once your order is received, the artwork is digitally downloaded and printed at our Customization Department in Ada, OH. From there your ball will be expertly crafted by the same hands that that lace game balls for MVP's, First Round Draft Picks and Super Bowl Champs. Your one-of-a-kind creation will be delivered in just 3-4 weeks.

*Two-panel designs are available only for the Wilson Throwback and NCAA balls.