Louisville, KY (WDRB) - Former Male High School and University of Louisville quarterback Chris Redman played nine seasons in the NFL. In his time with the Baltimore Ravens and the Atlanta Falcons, he says he never once saw anyone deliberately take the air out of a game ball. Other NFL quarterbacks have said they've seen it and even admitted asking someone to do it for them. Under inflated balls are easier to grasp and catch.
"How that ball comes off your hand is very important to a quarterback," says Redman
The New England Patriots are being investigated after several of the game balls used against Indianapolis last weekend were found to have had less pressure per square inch than sanctioned by the league.
"I definitely see an advantage for having a deflated ball in a game because not everyone has the Drew Bledsoe really big hands," says Redman. "If you have inclimate weather, a deflated ball would help you out."
The Patriots demolished the Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship game to move on to the Super Bowl. Redman says even if the game balls were deflated (on purpose or not), it had little to do with the final score.
"I really don't think it determined the outcome because you look at the guys on defense for the Colts: they have the worst hands on the field and they (grabbed) two interceptions and had no problem catching the ball," said Redman.
Even if it's not a big deal, Redman says if the Patriots are found to have deliberately tampered with the footballs, they should pay a fine, but should not be forced to give up draft picks, which was the penalty for the 2007 Spygate scandal in which the Patriots were busted videotaping sideline signals by the New York Jets coaching staff.
"If it was something that was well planned out, then there should (be some penalties)," Redman said. "I don't know about draft picks. You're talking about a lot of money there."
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