LOS ANGELES — Every football used in the Super Bowl, as well as the NFL season, is made by one company: Wilson.

For those who think soccer balls are automated in a factory, guess again, they are actually handmade. Andy Wentling of Wilson Footballs says their company is gathering around 120 balls for the game.

“We’ve been the official football of the NFL since 1941,” he said. “Every point that’s been scored in the Super Bowl has been a Wilson ball.”

According to Wentling, the first step in the football-making process begins with sewing the ball, which is actually upside down. Then they force all the material through the ball to have the brown layer on the outside.

The next step requires the ball to cook in a special steam box for about 30 seconds.

“You’re going to snap off the ends and then start pulling the leather right side up,” Wentling said. “Takes about 8 or 10 seconds.

Then a rubber bladder is placed inside the balloon and then laced.

“Now we’re going to use a PBC shoelace, it’s a shoelace, all one piece,” Wentling said. “It will take about a minute and a half to two minutes for Donna to do that.”

Donna, who has laced for Wilson for 36 years, has laced thousands of footballs.

“When she is finished, there are no knots. We don’t tie any knots. Cut it and put it away,” Wentling said.

The last step is the molding process, so everything is tightened up.

“We’re going to apply 120 psi and then get all that air out and then we’re done,” Wentling said.

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