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    The Official football of the NFL - "The Duke"

    I just learned something new today. Wow!






    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".





    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.





    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.





    "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.





    Wilson has beenthe Official Ball for nearly 70 years andthis is
    believed to be one of the longest partnerships in sports history.









    Go Giants.


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    Re: The Official football of the NFL - "The Duke"

    Well....I guess you had to find out sooner or later lol. Not big news here though. [:P]

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    [quote user="Firenugget"]Well....I guess you had to find out sooner or later lol. Not big news here though. [:P]
    [/quote]

    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.

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    Re: The Official football of the NFL - "The Duke"

    [quote user="ikebibby91"][quote user="Firenugget"]Well....I guess you had to find out sooner or later lol. Not big news here though. [:P]
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    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.
    [/quote]

    That and the way he dances in his gif.

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    Re: The Official football of the NFL - "The Duke"

    And I didn't know, good story ty.

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    Re: The Official football of the NFL - "The Duke"

    In case you guys didn't know we had a guy named Lawrence Taylor aka LT.

    Just saying.
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    Re: The Official football of the NFL - "The Duke"

    Ive never heard that before either.
    thanks.
    -- old people are a%+h0/es sometimes.

    If everyone knew everything what would we be doing here.

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    Re: The Official football of the NFL - "The Duke"

    [quote user="ikebibby91"][quote user="Firenugget"]Well....I guess you had to find out sooner or later lol. Not big news here though. [:P]
    [/quote]

    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.
    [/quote]

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

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

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    OMG really

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