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2012 Super Bowl: Where Do All The Footballs Come From, Anyway?

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The 2012 Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots can't be played without footballs, of course. Where do those footballs come from. They are manufactured by Wilson Football, which has been making balls for the NFL since 1941, in its Ada, Ohio factory.

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The balls were produced immediately after the AFC and NFC championship games concluded. How many balls? There are 228 in all, with each team getting 108 and 12 special 'K' balls for kickers going directly to the officiating crew. The company will make make more than 15,000 Super Bowl XLVI footballs for retail sale.

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The Wilson Football Factory makes more 700,000 game balls each year for use at all levels of football, from the NFL all the way down to youth leagues. Wilson bills its factory in Ada as the only one in the world dedicated solely to the manufacturing of footballs.

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If you're interested in learning more about how the balls are made, Wilson offers a website with videos and facts about the process.

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