Throughout American sports history, no other brand has been partnered with a league longer than Wilson has been with the NFL. Not only has every point scored in the NFL been with a Wilson Football, but every Wilson NFL game ball has been handcrafted in Ada, OH by skilled craftsmen and women for decades.
"The Duke" NFL football was named in honor of the game's pioneering legend and NY Giants owner, Wellington Mara. Back when Mara was a young boy taking in the game from the sidelines, the Giants players dubbed him "The Duke" and years later, the NFL game ball took on this nickname too.
Bring home this special Salute to Service NFL "Duke" ball today, which is as close as a fan can get to the authentic, on-field version played by the Pros every NFL season in November.
The Duke has been the official game ball of the NFL since 1941. This is the longest game ball relationship in American Sports History. The Duke is manufactured at the Wilson Football Factory in Ada Ohio since 1955. This is where American crafstmen and craftswomen cut, stich, turn and lace according to long tradition. Bound for big things.