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Former NFL quarterback rips league's breast cancer footballs

Former NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck(notes) said that the new footballs featuring a breast cancer awareness ribbon have been a "disaster" for the league.

Speaking to a radio show, the current ESPN analyst said he's texted numerous quarterbacks in the league who have complained about the slickness of the new balls.

"They're playing with these breast cancer awareness balls. These balls are brand new, right out of the bag," Hasselback explained. "Now they get slick -- I texted a couple quarterbacks during the game. They all said, 'These balls have been a disaster.' So I think that's something to note."

The balls are part of the NFL's month-long breast cancer awareness campaign called "A Crucial Catch," which is focused on the importance of annual screenings for women. They have been in use for two weeks.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Pro Football Talk that the ribbon balls are no different than the ones that were in play in September.

Monday night's game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets was specifically mentioned by Hasseleback as an example of how the ball negatively affects play. He noted that the torrential rain and slick balls were a nasty combination. He may be right, but it also could be that the rain was the real issue and no ball, however good, would have made a difference. Whatever it was, Brett Favre(notes) succumbed to it when he fumbled an easy snap in the second quarter:

Complaints over new balls being slick is nothing new. In 2007 the Cowboys lost a playoff game in Seattle when a new ball slipped through the hands of Tony Romo(notes). The team complained that the so-called K-Balls, used specifically for kicking, were too smooth to snap and catch properly.

Hasselbeck wouldn't say which quarterbacks complained about the new ball. His brother, Matt, who plays for the Seattle Seahawks, threw for just 189 yards with one interception and no touchdowns in the one game he played with the slick ball. Assuming that he was one of Tim's quarterback sources, Matt would have every reason to want to blame the ball rather than his own shaky play.


Related: Tony Romo, Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks


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I think you just like talking about shiny balls.
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he may have a point. The logo for the NFL is bigger with the breast cancer logo on it.

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do we really need a month of it? I mean, what about all the other great causes out there?
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No one said anything about them last year...
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do we really need a month of it? I mean, what about all the other great causes out there?
We should get a month of testicular cancer awareness as payback

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do we really need a month of it? I mean, what about all the other great causes out there?
It's a marketing thing. It's for a good cause but it's also a way to get women into watching football. Mo' money.
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I was sick of all the random pink trim (no pun intended, well maybe) after about 5 minutes. Pink just doesn't look good on any NFL uniforms.
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Complaints over new balls being slick is nothing new. In 2007 the Cowboys lost a playoff game in Seattle when a new ball slipped through the hands of Tony Romo(notes). The team complained that the so-called K-Balls, used specifically for kicking, were too smooth to snap and catch properly.

There's always a fucking excuse!
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I was sick of all the random pink trim (no pun intended, well maybe) after about 5 minutes. Pink just doesn't look good on any NFL uniforms.
I think the gloves and cleats are ok, on certain teams. But those hideous fucking chin straps kill it.
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Y'all would bitch about free money
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I'm sick of breast cancer awareness.
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I think the gloves and cleats are ok, on certain teams. But those hideous fucking chin straps kill it.
The pink bill of the sideline hats are terrible also. And the pink towels aren't even the correct shade of pink.
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Y'all would bitch about free money
Of course, there is no such thing as free money.
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The whole thing is a little over the top... If they wanted to have 1 or 2 UNIFORM pink items, the same for EVERYONE, it might not be so annoying, but the way it is, its just away for each player to try and be different and play the look at me game.

Oh, and calling Tim Hasslebeck a "former NFL quarterback" is a bit of a strecth. There are punters with more pass attempts than he had.
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I fully expect a team to have a full uniform outfitted for at least one game in the future. It will be interesting watching demarcus ware running around in a white jersey with pink numbers and pink lines going down the sides of his pants.
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