And, that one thing would be...how they make them.

We've learned more about the proper level of inflation than we ever needed to know. Ditto how they're inspected and treated and kept and....whatever.

A couple of facts about the footballs used in the NFL:

  • Wilson has been the exclusive maker of NFL footballs since 1941
  • The company produces about 4,000 per day
  • The footballs are made of cowhide, not pigskin
  • The leather comes from cows in Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa
  • There are 16 lace holes, but only one lace
  • It takes about 600 cows to make one full season's worth of NFL footballs
  • A cow has about a 1 in 17,420,000 chance of becoming an NFL football that is used in the Super Bowl