Wilson Sporting Goods and the NFL have announced the return of "The Duke", the first re-branding of the league's official football since 1969. "The Duke" is in honor of football legend Wellington "Duke" Mara. Mara, who passed away in October, 2005 at the age of 89, dedicated 81 years to the New York Giants as an administrator, owner and unwavering booster. In 1940, heeding the advice of influential team owners Tim Mara of the New York Giants and George Halas of the Chicago Bears, the NFL selected Wilson as the league's official football supplier. The following year, Wilson introduced a redesigned foolball and named it "The Duke" in honor of Mara's son, Wellington. The Duke stayed in play for nearly three decades until the NFL and AFL merged in 1969.
Official football of the National Football League
Commissioner Roger Goodell signature stamp
Top quality leather cover
Patented 3-ply VPU bladder
Double-lacing for reinforcement
Official size and weight
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