Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn't think referees should deflate game balls.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said referees sometimes deflate game balls, but that doesn't mean he agrees with it.
"I have a major problem with the way it goes down, to be honest with you," Rodgers said on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show. "The majority of the time, they take air out of the football. I think that, for me, is a disadvantage."
Rodgers, with his secure grip and sizable hands, said he prefers a fully inflated football. However, he admits that is not necessarily the case for everyone.
"The majority of quarterbacks, I would say more than half, are maybe on the other end of the spectrum and like it on the flatter side," he added. "My belief is that there should be a minimum air-pressure requirement but not a maximum. There's no advantage, in my opinion we're not kicking the football there's no advantage in having a pumped-up football.
"There is, if you don't have strong grip pressure or smaller hands, an advantage to having a flat football, though, because that is easier to throw. So I think that is something they (the NFL) need to look at. There should be a minimum on the air pressure but not a maximum. Every game they're taking air out of the footballs I'm throwing, and I think that's a disadvantage for the way that I like them prepped."
The NFL is currently investigating the Patriots for allegedly intentionally deflating the majority of balls in Sunday's AFC championship game against the Colts. However, the subject of inflation or deflation of game balls was brought up before the controversial AFC title game.
As first pointed out by Mark Schofield of soshcentral.com, the topic came up earlier this season during a game between the Patriots and Packers on November 30. Rodgers was part of that discussion.
A final decision from the league regarding the deflated ball investigation is expected within the next two to three days.