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Wilson Official NFL Game "Duke" Football

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  • Wilson exclusive WE Leather cover material and composite Double Laces
  • Made in USA
  • Official size and weight NFL game ball
  • Official game ball of the National Football League
  • Deep pebbles and firm texture and enhanced gripability
  • Features NFL Commissioner's Roger Goodell signature stamp
  • Leather cover, 3-ply VPU bladder, and double lacing for reinforcement
  • Dedicated to football legend Wellington "Duke" Mara
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Product Description

Product Description

Grab onto a piece of history with Wilson's official NFL game ball--The Duke--which is dedicated to football legend Wellington "Duke" Mara. More than just a piece of memorabilia, The Duke is designed with the serious competitor in mind, with genuine hand-sewn, Tanned in Tack leather for superior playability and grip, and 3-ply VPU bladder for maximum durability and air retention. Other features include double lacing, the official NFL seal in gold, and Commissioner Roger Goodell signature stamp. The return of The Duke. Wellington "The Duke" Mara passed away in October, 2005 at the age of 89 after dedicating 81 years to the New York Giants as an administrator, owner, and unwavering booster. In 1940, heeding the advice of influential team owners Tim Mara of the New York Giants and George Halas of the Chicago Bears, the NFL selected Wilson as the league's official football supplier. The following year, Wilson introduced a redesigned football and named it "The Duke" in honor of Mara's son, Wellington. The Duke stayed in play for nearly three decades until the NFL and AFL merged in 1969.

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Grab onto a piece of history with Wilson's official NFL game ball--The Duke--which is dedicated to football legend Wellington "Duke" Mara. More than just a piece of memorabilia, The Duke is designed with the serious competitor in mind, with genuine hand-sewn, Tanned in Tack leather for superior playability and grip, and 3-ply VPU bladder for maximum durability and air retention. Other features include double lacing, the official NFL seal in gold, and Commissioner Roger Goodell signature stamp.



The return of The Duke.
Wellington "The Duke" Mara passed away in October, 2005 at the age of 89 after dedicating 81 years to the New York Giants as an administrator, owner, and unwavering booster. In 1940, heeding the advice of influential team owners Tim Mara of the New York Giants and George Halas of the Chicago Bears, the NFL selected Wilson as the league's official football supplier. The following year, Wilson introduced a redesigned football and named it "The Duke" in honor of Mara's son, Wellington. The Duke stayed in play for nearly three decades until the NFL and AFL merged in 1969.

About Wilson
At the heart of sports history for almost a century, Wilson has been influential and intimately involved in shaping the games of tennis, golf, baseball, and American football. As the originator of breakthrough technologies, Wilson has produced legendary classics and earned world-wide legitimacy in each sport it participates in. The world's leading manufacturer of ball sports equipment, Wilson's core sports include tennis, baseball, American football, golf, basketball, softball, badminton, and squash. A division of Helsinki-based Amer Sports, Wilson is headquartered in Chicago.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 11.5 x 6.5 inches ; 0.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B000RHV172
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: WTF1100
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)
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From the Manufacturer


"The Duke" is hand crafted

Wilson Water Tower in Ada, OH

Authenticity. It’s what the American spirit is all about, and it’s the pure essence of Wilson football. Today, the American dream is truly alive in Ada, Ohio. It’s in this factory where American hands passionately make every single Wilson leather football. We’re not just proud to make the best footballs in the world. We’re proud to say we make them right here in America.

"THE DUKE" OFFICIAL NFL GAME BALL

Made in the USA

"The Duke", named in honor of football legend Wellington "Duke" Mara, is the official game ball of the NFL. Wilson has been the official game ball of the NFL since 1941. Hand crafted in Ada, Ohio "The Duke" has an exclusive pattern to the NFL using hand picked Wilson Leather and double laces for added texture and control. Every NFL Game Ball sold in stores is inspected by hand and must pass the same specifications as those used on the field every fall.

  • Wilson has been the Official Game Ball of the NFL since 1941
  • Exclusive Wilson pattern for aerodynamic performance
  • Machine sewn cover
  • 50% thicker bladder for maximum air retention
  • Machine sewn cover
  • Made in the USA

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. Walsh on October 26, 2010
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These are PERFECT... I buy one a year because we actively use and beat the heck out of ours and always end up needing a new one, not due to lack of quality, but to the extreme amount of use it gets both in our household and even on active tackle football teams that my oldest son plays QB on... once you go up to the real leather official NFL ball, there is no going back... nothing beats it. You can sense the quality in the feel and see the quality in the flight of the ball compared to others. One year I bought one of these and a high quality composite, thinking we would use the composite during bad weather to save the official one... yeah, that never happened, the official one is so much better eventually you just say... the heck with it... and use it even during the bad weather (hence why eventually you want a brand new one again)!
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Lee on December 1, 2012
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This review is coming from a person who has own composite footballs all their life. When the ball first arrived I though I got some cheap knock off. The ball was pale, dull, colors were all uneven, and slick. I though to myself I should have gotten another composite footballs because a leather football looks like crap. I then followed the care instructions on the box.

To revitalize tacky grip:
-Using a brush & moderate pressure, brush the ball completely
-Using a damp towel, quickly rub the ball completely. Do not saturate the ball with water.
-While the ball is still damp, brush it again to bring tack back the surface of the leather

It is amazing what this did to the ball. I performed these procedures twice and all I can say is WOW!!! It totally transformed the ball completely. The ball is now a reddish brown color. The ball has a nice shine to it. The colors are now all even is very tacky.

Just to note, when you wipe the ball down with a damp towel red dye will come off the ball. I used a paper towel knowing this would happen.

I am very happy that I purchased this ball. Will never get a composite again.
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By AWarren on February 24, 2008
This is the official football used by the NFL and you'll be paying for it. If you want an affordable, durable, all-weather football, there are great balls by Spaulding, Nike, even Wilson, in the $20-$40 range.

Now that doesn't mean the Wilson F1100 official football is a rip-off, just realize what you're buying. It's a great ball, with a great feel, that is pretty durable. If you've played basketball with a leather ball, you'll recognize that a leather ball is not as sticky as the high tact, composite-leather balls we're mostly used to playing with. That's not to say it's slippery as a wet fish either, but the slight difference in material is worth noting.

A football that costs upwards of $70 is mostly for the fact that you're getting the official ball used by the NFL. If you want the authentic football that you see your favorite players using, then this is the football for you. If you're looking for a good ol' fashioned ball that you won't mind getting scuffed and dirty (as all footballs get, this one included) then there are lots of much cheaper footballs out there that perform just as effectively.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Walsh on November 12, 2009
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This is the best football. Period. Yes, it can be more slippery than a composite. But, look at it this way, if you can learn to thrown and catch with these, you are going to be better overall. My son is a QB who has played youth, HS, and semi-pro and we go outside and play catch regularly and have literally worked with hundred of footballs. This is our favorite. It is the right size, and it just has such a great feel and perfect flight trajectory. You CAN definitely tell the difference. Also, both my son and I have just normal sized hands and we have no problem throwing. Anyone who has trouble throwing and believes it is hand size related just needs to put in more time on the throwing. Heck my son used to throw full NFL size balls when he was 10 with no problem. Technique is a huge part of it. When I bought this last (we buy 1 to 2 a year because we use and abuse the balls) I bought this one and the best quality composite because we wanted to compare them directly. There is no comparison. This one rocks and we NEVER use the composite when we play catch. We saw a little bit of the coloring come off on our hands in the beginning, but nothing significant. There is one review on here that would make you believe these things bleed color... that is just not the case. We originally bought the two balls thinking we would use The Duke in good weather and the composite in crappy weather... but really, we just use the Duke all the time. Ours is now about 8 months old and it is extra slippery from all the use, so I am on here about to order another one. These balls make playing catch a pleasure and if you can get over the price (which is not all that bad here really) you will not regret going with this ball. From the moment you unpack this ball, you know you are playing with the best equipment available. Love it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dean Van Damme on November 24, 2011
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Official Football at a great price. If you've never played with an official football it is very different. If you dream of catching the game winning pass in the NFL it starts here.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By fig man on July 8, 2011
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If you have tossed around the cheap balls before, save your coin and get one of these bad boys. The real leather and quality construction have made this football fan extremely content.

I do wonder what the inflation is supposed to be on it though because it sure feels awful tight.

Whatever you do, don't forget to pick up a ball brush too. A simple brushing will keep the tack going.
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