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ikebibby91
01-29-2012, 02:50 PM
<h2><font size="3">I just learned something new today. Wow!</font>


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In honor of the late New York Giants owner, Wellington Mara, one of the
most beloved and respected figures in professional sports history, the
Official Football of the NFL is called "The Duke".
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Wellington Mara, who spent 81 years with the New York Giants and made
numerous contributions to the NFL, was named Wellington by his father,
Tim Mara, after the Duke of Wellington. He was given the nickname "The
Duke" as a youngster by Giants players.
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The NFL first used a ball in honor of Wellington Mara called "The Duke"
in 1941 at the suggestion of George Halas, as Tim Mara (Wellington's
father) had helped him arrange for Wilson Sporting Goods Co. to become
the league's official supplier of game balls.
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"The Duke" ball was used through 1969 but was discontinued prior to the
1970 season, the first to be played post NFL-AFL merger. The NFL and AFL
continued using a Wilson football, but with a new design and no
official name. In 2006, the NFL returned the name of "The Duke" to the
ball after Mara's passing in October, 2005.
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Wilson has beenthe Official Ball for nearly 70 years andthis is
believed to be one of the longest partnerships in sports history.
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Go Giants.
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Firenugget
01-29-2012, 03:13 PM
Well....I guess you had to find out sooner or later lol. Not big news here though. [:P]

ikebibby91
01-29-2012, 03:35 PM
Well....I guess you had to find out sooner or later lol. Not big news here though. [:P]


<font size="4">Hey, Thanks for pointing that out, I'm sure that is one of the things people love the most about you, the way you do that.</font>

Mohann
01-29-2012, 03:56 PM
Well....I guess you had to find out sooner or later lol. Not big news here though. [:P]


<font size="4">Hey, Thanks for pointing that out, I'm sure that is one of the things people love the most about you, the way you do that.</font>


That and the way he dances in his gif.

Mohann
01-29-2012, 04:00 PM
And I didn't know, good story ty.

DragonSoul
01-29-2012, 07:42 PM
In case you guys didn't know we had a guy named Lawrence Taylor aka LT.

Just saying.

NJGIANTinNC
01-29-2012, 08:05 PM
Ive never heard that before either.
thanks.
-- old people are a%+h0/es sometimes.

If everyone knew everything what would we be doing here.

Firenugget
01-29-2012, 08:59 PM
Well....I guess you had to find out sooner or later lol. Not big news here though. [:P]


<font size="4">Hey, Thanks for pointing that out, I'm sure that is one of the things people love the most about you, the way you do that.</font>


lol I'm just saying what 175 other people thought when they opened the thread. At least I replied. [:D]

Oh and Mohann.....That's the dance I'm gonna do when we win.

Voldamort
01-29-2012, 09:05 PM
OMG really